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Lot # 385 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961 Bazooka Complete Set Uncut Progressive Proof Sheets (6)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Six 1961 Bazooka color process sheets, each featuring a complete 36-card set presented in twelve three-card panels. These extremely rare color progression proof sheets were intended for use by the printer to help check and correct colors prior to printing production quantities. They are very likely unique. The sheets have, respectively 1) yellow printing; 2) red printing; 3) blue printing; 4) red and yellow printing; 5) black printing; and 6) red, yellow, and blue printing, giving it the appearance of a final process sheet but the black printing is missing. Each of these color combinations represents a step toward the final process with all colors including black. 1961 was the third year of production of Bazooka baseball cards, and the second year Bazooka issued cards in the three-card panel format. Hall of Famers and stars in this set include Mantle, Maris, Mathews, Banks, Kaline, Mays, Drysdale, Spahn, F. Robinson, etc. Other than a few clean staple holes in the margin area at the top (where the complete run of all color process sheets including the final were originally stapled together for review by the printer) the sheets are in outstanding Near Mint condition. The cards on the sheets are in Nr/Mt-Mt condition. These sheets are spectacular, and are very likely unique. Dimensions: Each 25 x 15 inches. Total 6 sheets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,640.00

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