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1952 Topps Canadian PSA- and SGC-Graded Collection (8)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $10,800
Collection of eight different rare 1952 Topps "Canadian" gray-back cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (except for one PSA). Cards #131-190 within the 407-card 1952 Topps set are most commonly found printed on cream-colored stock. A small percentage of cards have been found printed on gray-colored stock. The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards presents a theory that these cards have come to be known as Canadian issued because the same phenomenon exists with 1954 Topps and an abbreviated set printed on gray stock designed for issue solely in Canada that year. Some collectors feel that this is a misnomer, instead theorizing that Topps produced a run of cards in this manner for one of two reasons. One is as simple as a temporary shortage of regular cream-colored stock in the factory during production. The other focuses on the slight differences in the card fronts, which as the Standard Catalog notes are "subjectively darker or more muted than the 'U.S.A.' versions." Some collectors believe that these cards were designed as part of a distribution arrangement with Kleenex and Doeskin tissues in which cards were inserted with packages of tissues. While no concrete evidence of this relationship has been unearthed, it is known that the "Rails and Sails" nonsport issue produced by Topps in 1955 was issued along with Doeskin tissues at the time. Bob Lemke, former editor of the Standard Catalog, presents a detailed analysis of these variations on his blog (http://boblemke.blogspot.com/2011/05/1952-topps-not-canadian.html), which includes input from several longtime collectors and hobby researchers. Whatever the explanation for these cards, it is without dispute that they are extremely rare and even a single example can be hard to find! This lot consists of the following: #134 Tipton (VG/EX 50), 137 McMillan (EX 60), 138 MacDonald (EX/NM 80), 140 Antonelli (EX/NM 80), 141 Hartung (VG 40), 142 Perkowski (EX/NM 80), 143 Moss (PSA EX-MT 6), and 174 Marshall (EX/NM 80). All cards are bright and crisp and in particularly strong condition, far better than normally encountered, for 1952 Topps Canadian cards. REA's Fall 2015 auction featured the largest and most complete group of these rare cards that has ever been made available at public auction. The near-complete set of fifty-nine (out of sixty) cards appeared as Lot #662, realizing $42,000. This is a tremendous offering of eight different cards that will be of great interest to 1952 Topps master-set collectors as well as advanced Topps-card enthusiasts! Total: 8 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $10,800
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