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1955 Topps Doubleheaders Uncut Six-Card Panel
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $928.00
Extremely rare and unusual panel of six uncut cards from the 1955 Topps "Doubleheaders" series, highlighted by Warren Spahn, Jim Gilliam, and Ted Kluszewski. The very similar design of the 1911 T201 Mecca "Double Folders" tobacco set no doubt served as the inspiration for this set. The final issued 1955 Topps "Doubleheaders" were released with perforation through the middle, to allow the card to be folded over to create the second player image. The cards on this uncut panel are unperforated. Another interesting aspect of the 1955 Doubleheader set is the fact that when the cards in this issue are put side by side in numerical order, the stadium backgrounds on the cards are revealed to be a continuous artwork. The uncut panel illustrates this unique design element. The panel is in Near Mint condition, with just a hint of clear glue residue in the corners of the reverse, which is barely detectable. We have seen a few 1955 Doubleheaders panels over the years, all featuring different cards. We suspect that long ago a sheet (or partial sheet) was cut into panels and neatly mounted into an album, very likely by Woody Gelman at Topps. We'd be willing to bet that close examination of the reverses of the other known panels will also reveal a tiny hint of glue in the corners. Each surviving panel may be a unique segment of that sheet. Dimensions: 4.75 x 12.5 inches. Overall Nr/Mt condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $928.00
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