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1948 to 1961 Baseball Set Collection - Unusual Issues (4 sets, 152 cards)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,015

Collection of four unusual baseball sets, spanning the years 1948 through 1961, issued by Swell (1948 Swell Sport Thrills), Bazooka (1961), Nu-Card (1960 Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites), and Dormand (1952-1955 Dormand Postcards). Each of these issues is very substantial and interesting, yet is somewhat overlooked in the card-collecting world. Eight cards have been graded by PSA. 1) 1948 Swell Sport Thrills Complete Set (20). Condition ranges from Vg to Ex (with a few slightly lesser). This very scarce and unusual 20-card set was issued by the Swell Gum Company of Philadelphia. Each of the card fronts features a black-and-white photo of a great event in baseball history, accompanied by a story on the reverse. Represented are a mixture of old timers (such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) and then-current stars (such as Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams). Includes: #3 Jackie Robinson (PSA VG 3), 4 Walter Johnson (Ex), 12 Gehrig/Ruth (Gd), 14 Gehrig (PSA EX 5), 16 DiMaggio/Ted Williams (Vg-Ex), 18 Pee Wee Reese (Ex), and 19 Feller (Vg). 2) 1952-1955 Dormand Postcards (24 different): #101C Rizzuto (auto. downward, Fr), 104 Bauer (small auto., Fr), 105A Collins (patch on sleeve, Fr), 105C Collins (no patch, Vg/Vg-Ex), 109 Reynolds (Ex), 110 McDougald (large auto., Ex), 111 Mantle (batting stance, PSA EX 5), 112 Mize (Vg), 113 Stengel (auto. on top, Gd), 114 Shantz (auto. parallel, Ex), 115 Ford (Vg), 116 Sain (windup, Ex-Mt), 121 Pierce (Fr), 124 Erskine (Vg), 125 Campanella (PSA VG 3), 127 Reese (PSA EX 5), 128 Furillo (Ex-Mt), 129 Hodges (PSA MINT 9), 130 Martin (Ex-Mt), 132 Noren (Gd), 133 Slaughter (PSA EX-MT 6), 135 Robinson (Ex), 136 Crosetti (Gd), and 138 Konstanty (Vg-Ex). 3) 1960 Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites Complete Set (72). Grades range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (without reference to the scattered natural toning on the reverses). The Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites set features many of baseball's greatest moments presented in a mock newspaper design. Includes: #1 Ruth (Vg), 7 DiMaggio (Ex-Mt), 16 Ruth (Ex), 22 Mantle (Nr/Mt), 24 Gehrig (Nr/Mt), 27 Mays (Ex), 38 DiMaggio (Nr/Mt), 39 Williams (Nr/Mt), 47 Ruth (Ex-Mt), 50 Mantle (Ex), and 52 Williams (Nr/Mt). 4) 1961 Bazooka Complete Set (36). Grades Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt (with four lesser). 1961 was the third year of production of Bazooka baseball cards, and the second year Bazooka issued cards in the three-card panel format (intended to be cut into individual cards as is the case here). Includes: #2 Mantle (PSA Authentic, missing dotted lines on top, o/w Ex-Mt), 5 Maris (Ex-Mt), 11 Mathews (Vg), 19 Banks (Ex-Mt), 20 Kaline (Ex-Mt), 23 Mays (Vg), 26 Drysdale (Ex-Mt), 29 Spahn (Ex-Mt), and 31 F. Robinson (Nr/Mt). The grades listed above are without reference to dotted lines missing. Four very attractive baseball sets, each loaded with Hall of Famers and stars, and each representing a particularly outstanding collecting value compared to many other sets from the era. Total: 152 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,015

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