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Friday, August 23, 2013

1957 Topps Baseball Cards Rare Near Mint (7.5) PSA Graded Complete Set Available: Dean's Cards

by Dean Hanley
Founder and Owner, Dean's Cards
All cards in this rare 1957 Topps set are graded by PSA, SGC, and GAI.
A high quality, fully graded set like this doesn’t come along every day…

Dean's Cards just added a set you rarely see -- a complete PSA graded Near Mint (NM+ - 7.5) 1957 Topps Baseball Complete Set.

This is easily the finest 1957 Topps Baseball Complete Set that has ever been our pleasure to offer to the public. Most sets of this quality never reach the open market. All of the cards are graded and none of the cards in this set grade below 7 - Near Mint.

Although the set has a weighted average grade of 7.40, many of the cards could actually grade higher.  We saw only a couple of cards that could possibly grade lower.  Of the 407 cards in the set, 381 were graded by PSA, 10 by SGC, and 16 by GAI. The only star card, that was not graded by PSA is Roy Campanella.

The 1957 Topps set contains 407 cards, each measuring 2 ½" by 3 ½" -- and 1957 was the first year for this measurement which is what we know today as the standard card size. The front of the card features a large vertical color photo of the player, with the player's name, team and position at the bottom of the card. The back of each card features the player's biographical information and statistical history.

The 1957 set includes the first star combination cards featuring major players from the 1956 World Series - #400 Dodgers Sluggers and #407 Yankees' Power Hitters. Due to an extremely expensive 4th series (265-352) a complete 1957 Topps baseball set is difficult to find in any condition.

The 1957 Topps set includes six Hall of Fame rookie cards.
The 1957 set includes rookie cards for six Hall of Famers:
#338 Jim Bunning
#18 Don Drysdale
#29 Whitey Herzog
#24 Bill Mazeroski
#328 Brooks Robinson
#35 Frank Robinson.

The 1957 Topps set is loaded with 33 Hall of Fame players, including: Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Luis Aparicio, Willie Mays, Robin Roberts, Don Drysdale, Hank Aaron, Bill Mazeroski, Whitey Ford, Whitey Herzog, Pee Wee Reese, Frank Robinson, Nellie Fox, Early Wynn, Ernie Banks, Dick Williams, Richie Ashburn, Roberto Clemente, Larry Doby, Warren Spahn, Mickey Mantle, Will Harridge, Bob Lemon, Al Kaline, Red Schoendienst, Duke Snider, Hoyt Wilhelm, Roy Campanella, Enos Slaughter, George Kell, Eddie Mathews, Sandy Koufax, Brooks Robinson, and Jim Bunning.
The 1957 Topps set features 33 Hall of Fame players.
If you purchased these cards individually in the Dean's Cards Web Store, the cost would be $42,529.94 -- but we are offering this rare complete set for $19,499.99.

Dean's Cards has recently dropped prices throughout our site by up to 30 percent. You can click here to see all of the Complete Sets we offer.

And you can search through our collection of more than 1.5 million baseball cards here.

Dean Hanley, founder and owner of DeansCards.com, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog. Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards.