Discovered on the streets of South Philadelphia in the 1950s, Fabian Forte rose to fame as a “teen idol”. At the time South Philly was a hotbed of talent for the music recording industry, churning out the likes of Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker and bands such as Danny and the Juniors and the Orlons. Polished and promoted with great success, including appearances on the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand show, Fabian enjoyed a career as a singer and actor. One of the related marketing efforts to cash in on his success was the 1959 Topps series of non-sport trading cards. The offered collection of factory fresh cards is a collectible gem, with examples showing overall remarkable quality.
Featured are (284) cards with (2) complete sets of (55) and (174) extra cards, with a lot total of (104) PSA graded cards and (180) loose cards. Grade breakdowns are as follows:
Set 1: (51) PSA graded cards with: (17) MINT 9; (27) NM-MT 8; (4) NM 7; (2) EX-MT 6; (1) VG 3; and (4) loose cards average (NM to MT)
Set (2): (54) loose cards average (EX-MT to MT); and (1) PSA graded NM-MT 8
(174) Extra cards with: (52) PSA graded with: (6) MINT 9; (20) NM-MT 8; (21) NM 7; (3) EX-MT 6; (1) EX 5; (1) VG-EX 4; and (122) loose cards average (EX-MT to MT)