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Serious collectors and students of the hobby love such wonderful and nostalgic stories.

A young boy in the 1950s and ‘60s rides his bike to the corner story, where he buys 5-cent packs of bubble gum and baseball cards. After numerous trips — and an uncommon level of attention and care — he compiles a complete set of cards.

A complete Topps set from 1952 — one of the most coveted series in baseball card history.

The set, created by a collector in the Wabash Valley region of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, was tucked away in a closet for 30-plus years.

The Wabash Collection is now up for auction at Heritage Auctions, which calls the set “one of the finest we’ve seen.”

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The 407-card set featured 33 cards that have been graded by PSA or SGC, including a #261 Willie Mays (PSA 2) and a #311 Mickey Mantle (PSA Authentic). Seven cards are graded SGC 4 or 4.5, including stars Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Johnny Mize and Larry Doby.

Heritage’s September Showcase Auction, which runs through Sept. 25, also features many other high-end cards, including:

• A 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 (NM).

• A 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 (SGC 3).

• A 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card (SCG 5).

• A 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie (PSA 9).

• A 1996 Bowman’s Best Rookies Kobe Bryant (Atomic Refractor, PSA 8).

• A 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie (PSA 6.5). 

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