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Old 10-15-2020, 12:55 PM
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David R@tliff
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Default Mail day! Mail day! 1965 topps set complete!

I alluded to this one the other day, and here it is.

Got this guy in the mail yesterday, really happy to get this knocked off my list.

This is a really tough card to find centered, and prices can fluctuate all over the place. Looking at VCP, it's been anywhere from $2,750 to $5,100 since August, with prices mostly depending upon the centering. This one is a touch to the right obviously, but I didn't feel like it was so off that it was really distracting to the eye. Ultimately, this was the final card to complete a fully graded set of all 8s of 1965 Topps - a total of 598 cards!

Takes up every BIT of four shoeboxes!

A few more pics of some of the stars...

Also, thought I'd include this one as it's an interesting piece of this set. Yes, this is THAT Dave DeBuschere, the New York Knicks player who is part of the NBA 50 best players. There's not a lot of people who have cards in multiple sports, and this is one that frequently gets overlooked.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:57 PM
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Al Richter
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Very ice, congrats
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:10 PM
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A little more background on this set. I acquired the majority of it in a trade a couple or more years back. I don't remember if the partial set was posted, or if someone posted looking for a 1956 set and I responded, but I'm pretty confident I actually did this deal here on the board. If you were my partner in this trade and see it, please remind me. I checked my PMs to no avail.

At that time, the previous owner had the majority of 1965 set built in 8, 8.5 and 9s. It was missing I think 5 cards at the time, including the Mantle. I did a fair bit of price research on the missing cards, as well as the "trade down" value of all of the 8.5s and 9s that were included at that time - roughly about 25 cards if I recall. I figured out that if I was willing to downgrade those to 8s, I could pick up enough "profits" on that trade down to actually pay for the Mantle to complete the set.

The trade was my 1956 Topps Baseball set in all PSA 7s for the 1965 partial set and some cash. I was in the process of building a 1956 set of all PSA 8s at that time (which I finished not long ago and posted about here ),
and felt like for my long term collecting it was better to diversify. Part of that decision was also related to the length of time and effort it takes to build multi-hundred card all graded sets. I'm a patient collector, but the thought of trying to put together 598 cards from scratch did not appeal to me considering the other set building projects I had going on at that time, but trading out of 25 cards and picking my Mantle definitely was appealing. Even now, that trade was I think a literal win win for both of us, I know back then we were both pretty happy with the deal.

Looking at the VCPs today, the PSA 7 set of 1956s I gave up is probably worth about 5-10% more than the VCP of this PSA 8 set of 1965s. However, now I've got PSA 8 sets of both, and these are definitely my favorite sets of each decade. I love the pennant design on these, and with some strong rookies and all the Hall of Famers, I think this will continue to be a very popular set with collectors going forward.

It's been a nice couple of months of collecting for me, as I've completed 1956, 1954 and now 1965. All these projects have been in progress for years, and it's really satisfying to complete them. Continues to remind of me of why I collect and how much I enjoy the chase, but even more the art of these cards.

Anyway, wanted to share, hope you enjoy and for all the set collectors out there - HANG IN THERE!

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Old 10-15-2020, 02:35 PM
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Congratulations, it's a good looking Topps issue and yours is a beautiful set. I myself do not prefer graded cards, but for investment or business purposes I clearly understand the reasons for wanting them so.
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:25 PM
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Holy moly great job. I'm 10 cards away from a G/VG set myself. Such a nice set with great color.

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Old 10-15-2020, 04:13 PM
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Beautiful set. I started collecting the set back in 1978. Nowhere near complete.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:42 PM
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Congratulations, that is a very nice set. I finished the '65 set raw (VG/EX) last summer and was just amazed with the color, crispness of photos and the photo selection. Topps did a great job in '65.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:57 PM
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Congrats on a great high grade set! Awesome.I love this set,too. The color and the pennants make it for me. I have a raw set that is mostly NM and really like it.
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