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1953-1955 Red Man Tobacco With Tabs PSA- and SGC-Graded Collection (25 cards)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Outstanding collection of twenty-five cards from three different Red Man Tobacco sets spanning the years 1953 to 1955, highlighted by four Hall of Famers. All of the cards are graded and encapsulated by either PSA (ten) or SGC (fifteen). 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. Miraculously, all twenty-five of the offered cards are complete with tabs intact. PSA Condition Composite: 1) 1953 Red Man Tobacco: #AL-7 (EX-MT 6), AL-25 (EX-MT 6), and NL-25 (EX+ 5.5). 2) 1954 Red Man Tobacco: #AL-24 (EX 5). 3) 1955 Red Man Tobacco: #NL-2 (NM 7), NL-4 (NM+ 7.5), NL-10 Spahn (EX-MT 6), NL-13 (EX-MT 6), AL-17 (EX 5), and NL-25 (EX-MT 6). SGC Condition Composite: 1) 1953 Red Man Tobacco: #AL-4 (VG/EX+ 55) and AL-23 (EX+ 70). 2) 1954 Red Man Tobacco: Two #NL-9 (EX 60 and VG/EX 50), AL-10 (EX+ 70), NL-18 Roberts (EX+ 70), NL-20 (EX 60), AL-21 Lemon (EX 60), AL-23 (EX+ 70), and AL-25 (EX/NM 80). 3) 1955 Red Man Tobacco: #NL-4 (EX+ 70), NL-10 Spahn (EX+ 70), NL-11 (VG/EX+ 55), AL-20 (EX/NM 80), and AL-22 (EX 60). 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 a relatively affordable, yet still extremely substantial and (for this issue) high-grade collection of these unusual cards. The total SMR value for just twenty-two of the graded cards (excluding the three graded less than EX and factoring in the eight half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $739. Total: 25 cards. SOLD FOR $540
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