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1937 Dixie Lids Baseball Lids Large & Small PSA-Graded Complete Sets (8 Lids)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540

Presented are complete PSA-graded sets of the 1937 Dixie Lids Baseball Lids, both large and small varieties, each featuring four Hall of Fame baseball players (for a total of eight Dixie Lids). As their name suggests, these lids were issued as the tops to ice-cream products packaged by the Dixie-Vortex Company of Chicago. Twenty-four different subjects in total were issued by Dixie Lids in 1937, including various entertainers and two football stars, but only four were baseball players. This lot includes all four baseball players, each in two sizes. These lids were available on a variety of ice-cream products in both large (2-11/16-inch diameter) and small (2-5/16-inch diameter) sizes. A small tab was added to the edge of each lid to allow for easy access to the ice cream inside. The player image was on the inside of the lid (protected from the ice cream by a rice-paper covering which was easily peeled away), with advertising for the dairy product on the outside. These lids get very little attention today, but were one of the issues that defined the 1930s for many collectors of the era! (Dixie Lids issued sets for many years in the 1930s, but only the 1937 and 1938 sets include ballplayers. Later, in the 1950s, entire sets were devoted to ballplayers.) This is a very rarely seen set of all four 1937 baseball players (as noted, TWO sets actually, as each is represented by two sizes). PSA Grading Composite: 1) Large Lids: Charles Gehrigner (GOOD 2, Deyo), Gabby Hartnett (EX 5, Agate's), Carl Hubbell (EX 5, Frechtling's), and Joe Medwick (VG 3, Velvet). 2) Small Lids: Charles Gehrigner (EX-MT 6, Reid's), Gabby Hartnett (EX 5, Hoodsie), Carl Hubbell (EX 5, Horton's), and Joe Medwick (VG 3, Hoodsie). These early Dixie Lids sets represent one of the most interesting and unusual of all 1930s issues. This is an outstanding collection of these scarce and overlooked 1930s food-issue cards. Total: 8 lids.


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