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1952 and 1953 Red Man Tobacco Collection without Tabs (291 Assorted with 93 HOFers!)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,540.50

Presented is a collection of 291 Red Man Tobacco cards from 1952 and 1953, each with the tab at the bottom of the card removed, which includes an amazing ninety-three Hall of Famers. These cards were part of an original-owner collection that contained over 750 Red Man Tobacco cards (the complete sets and other duplicates are offered elsewhere in this auction). We don't know how our consignor, who was 9 and 10 years old, respectively, when these sets were issued, acquired so many of these cards, which were issued one per pouch of Red Man Tobacco. 1) 1952 Red Man Tobacco Near-Complete Set without Tabs (47 of 52 plus 69 duplicates): 41% present Vg to Ex and 59% Pr to Gd. Keys: Ashburn, three Berra, two Doby, three Durocher, Irvin, three Kell, four Mays, two Musial, three Reese, Roberts, Slaughter, Snider, three Spahn, two Stengel, Ted Williams, and two Wynn. 2) 1953 Red Man Tobacco Partial Set without Tabs (31 of 52 plus 144 duplicates): 79% present Vg to Ex and 21% Pr to Gd. Keys: AL: Four #3 Berra, three 5 Fox, four 10 Rizzuto, and 17 Lemon; NL: Four #3 Ashburn, eleven 5 Campanella, twelve 12 Schoendienst, three 14 Snider, seven 15 Kiner, eight 19 Spahn, and four 26 Musial. Red Man Tobacco cards are far rarer than most 1950s baseball cards. Because of their tabs (which were designed to be hand-cut and redeemed for prizes) and method of issue, they often have condition problems. We consider Red Mans to represent one of the best values of all cards from the era. They are very substantial, colorful, interesting, and much rarer than bubble-gum cards of the era, yet are valued very modestly compared to most other issues of the early 1950s. This is an extremely large and attractive collection of these unusual cards. Total: 291 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,540.50

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