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1952 to 1955 Red Man Tobacco Complete Set Run (4 sets, 208 cards)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

Total of 208 cards representing complete sets of all four years of Red Man Tobacco. Consigned from an old-time collection! Included are nineteen cards with tabs. In the following condition composite, the assigned grades are without respect to the missing tab or the neatness of the cut. This collection consists of the following: 1) 1952 Complete Set of 52 (4 with tabs): 44% Vg-Ex to Ex, 35% Vg, and 21% lesser (often presenting as Vg, but downgraded due to small areas of writing on front or back). Keys: Stengel (Ex), Berra (Vg-Ex+, with tab), Doby (Ex-Mt), Feller (Pr), Fox (Vg), Williams (Gd/Vg), Wynn (Vg+, with tab), Durocher (Vg-Ex), Ashburn (Vg), Irvin (Ex, with tab), Kiner (Vg-Ex), Mays (Vg+), Musial (Ex), Reese (Vg), Roberts (Vg-Ex), Schoendienst (Vg), Slaughter (Vg-Ex), Snider (Ex), Spahn (Ex). 2) 1953 Complete Set of 52 (7 with tabs): 94% Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex) and 6% lesser. Keys: Stengel (Vg+), Berra (Vg-Ex, with tab), Fox (Ex), Kell (Ex), Rizzuto (Vg-Ex+), Wynn (Vg-Ex), Lemon (Vg), Mize (Vg-Ex), Ashburn (Vg-Ex), Kluszewski (Ex, with tab), Roberts (Vg-Ex, with tab), Schoendienst (Ex), Slaughter (Vg-Ex), Kiner (Gd), Campanella (Ex), Reese (Vg-Ex+, with tab), Snider (Ex, with tab), Spahn (Vg), Wilhelm (Vg), Musial (Vg+). 3) 1954 Complete Set of 50 with four variations for a total of 54 (6 with tabs): 39% Ex, 46% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 15% lesser. Keys: Ashburn (Vg-Ex), Fox (Vg), Kell (Boston, Ex), Kell (Chicago, Ex), Irvin (Ex, with tab), Kluszewski (Vg-Ex+), Schoendienst (Gd), Spahn (Vg), Campanella (Ex), Reese (Ex), Roberts (Ex), Ford (Ex), Snider (Ex, with tab), Rizzuto (Ex), Slaughter (Vg), Hodges (Gd), Mathews (Fr), Berra (Ex), Lemon (Ex), Mays (Vg-Ex). 4) 1955 Complete Set of 50 (2 with tabs): 12% Ex, 62% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 26% lesser. Keys: Ashburn (Vg-Ex), Hodges (Vg-Ex+), Spahn (Fr), Wilhelm (Vg+, with tab), Ford (Vg-Ex), Lemon (Fr), Wynn (Vg), Doby (Gd/Vg), Mays (Gd), Berra (Vg), Reese (Fr), Schoendienst (pencil on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex+), Snider (Vg), Fox (Ex+, with tab). Red Man Tobacco cards are far rarer than most 1950s baseball cards. Because of their tabs (which were designed to be cut, to be redeemed for prizes) and method of issue, they often have condition problems. Many consider them to represent one of the best values of all cards from the era. This is a relatively affordable, yet still very attractive complete set run of these unusual cards. The cards are bright and crisp, and display far better than their technically accurate assigned grades. Total: 208 cards. SOLD FOR $1,320

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