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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/14/2008
Who would have thought that a non-Hall of Famer baseball card could generate as much popularity as this Andy Pafko 1952 Topps gem. While Pafko enjoyed a fine career as a strong hitting outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, his 1952 #1 Topps card has become one of the cornerstone cards in the industry. Presented here is Pafko’s red back version in a PSA 8 (OC) holder. To date, of the 659 red backs encapsulated by PSA, only 5 have been graded higher, all being PSA 8’s without qualifiers. Statistically speaking, that equates to only 0.7% of 659 cards exceeding the offered example! Population data such as this cannot be ignored and lends itself to this Pafko being one of the rarest cards in the industry for the associated grade. A spectacular ‘half-body’ portrait photo of Pafko with vivid registration highlights the front of the card. Solid, clean white borders frame the popular photo with 45/55 centering ‘left to right’, and vertical centering weighted towards the top. While the vertical centering accounts for the ‘OC” qualifier, it does not significantly alter the overall eye appeal of this masterpiece. Four pinpoint corners and razor sharp edging contribute to the museum quality attributes, and the red back registration reflects no blemishes whatsoever. While it may not be the T206 Wagner or Mantle Rookie, the fact remains that there are only 5 other Pafko red backs that exceed this card’s technical grade, and none of those five are graded a ‘9’ or ‘10’! With the 1952 Topps set ranking as the top one or two desirable sets in our industry, don’t miss out on what may be a final opportunity to add this virtually impossible high grade card to your collection!
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1952 Topps Andy Pafko #1 PSA 8 NM-MT (OC)

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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,781.15
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Friday, November 14, 2008.
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