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Presented here is a high-grade master set of 1969 Topps Baseball with 663 cards from the basic set plus 31 variations (694 cards total), with all 23 "White Label" cards including Mickey Mantle, Willey McCovey and Gaylord Perry. These scarce WL variations fall between card #'s 440-511 and were printed only in the 5th series release. As for condition, this extraordinary set is just 2% shy of being graded 100% NM-MT 8 to Gem Mint 10 by PSA.

Mickey Mantle would retire following the 1969 season, so this set featured The Mick's last card issue from his playing career. Top rookies include Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Earl Weaver and Bobby Cox plus Graig Nettles, Al Oliver, Dock Ellis, Sparky Lyle and Bobby Bonds. 12 cards are the highest graded examples and 24 have only one graded higher on the PSA Pop Report. Only #394 Seattle Pilots Rookies (Lou Piniella) and #567 Pirates Rookies (no black outline on title) are missing to make it a 100% complete. Recently retired on the PSA Registry with a set rating of 8.15 and GPA of 8.16, it would rank #12 once reinstated. Please note that the registry shows #394 Piniella is present in PSA Gem Mint 10 and #463 Dennis Ribant is missing, but the opposite is true – Ribant is present and comes in PSA Mint 9. This would have very little effect on the GPA and set rating (down to 8.12 at the worst) so it would still easily come in at #12 on the current rankings. Here's the highlighted breakdown with Hall of Famers and notable variations mentioned.

PSA Gem Mint 10: 1 card, #13 Mickey Stanley (pop 7).

PSA MINT 9: 200 cards including #'s 47/Helmet Emblem Invisible, 147 Leo Durocher, 355 Phil Niekro, 375 Harmon Killebrew, 385 Orlando Cepeda, 420 Ron Santo All-Star, 527 Al Lopez.

PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 8 cards including #'s 18, 109, 239, 281, 345, 452/Yellow, 476/Yellow, 661.

PSA NM-MT 8: 470 cards including #'s 1, 20 Ernie Banks, 24 Walter Alston, 35 Joe Morgan, 50 Roberto Clemente, 75 Luis Aparicio, 85 Lou Brock, 95 Johnny Bench, 99 Graig Nettles RC (black loop above Twins), 99 Nettles RC (no loop), 100 Hank Aaron, 130 Carl Yastrzemski, 200 Bob Gibson, 216 Don Sutton, 235 Catfish Hunter, 237 Bobby Cox RC, 250 Frank Robinson, 255 Steve Carlton, 260 Reggie Jackson RC, 295 Tony Perez, 335 Bill Mazeroski, 370 Juan Marichal, 400 Don Drysdale, 410 Al Kaline, 416 McCovey AS, 419 Rod Carew AS, 421 Brooks Robinson AS, 425 Yastrzemski AS, 430 Bench AS, 432 Gibson AS, 440 McCovey/Yellow, 450 Billy Williams, 452/White, 461/White, 462 Red Schoendienst, 470/Yellow, 471/White, 480 Tom Seaver, 482/White, 485 Gaylord Perry/White, 486/White, 491/White, 500 Mickey Mantle/Yellow, 510 Rod Carew, 511/White, 516 Earl Weaver RC, 533 Nolan Ryan, 545 Willie Stargell, 550 Brooks Robinson, 565 Hoyt Wilhelm, 570 Ron Santo, 573 Jim Palmer, 597 Rollie Fingers RC, 630 Bobby Bonds RC, 640 Fergie Jenkins, 650 Ted Williams (manager).

PSA NM 7: 13 cards including #'s 440 McCovey/White, 441/White, 444/White, 447/White, 451/White, 454/White, 464/White, 468/White, 470/White, 473/White, 493/White, 501/White, 505/White.

PSA EX-MT 6: 2 cards, #'s 476/White and 500 Mantle/White.

Here's a link to the PSA Registry on this set that is referenced in the second paragraph of this description:

https://www.psacard.com/psasetregistry/baseball/company-sets/1969-topps-master/alltimeset/209444

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Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $40,388
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Friday, August 28, 2020.
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