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Lot # 650 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1952 Coca-Cola Playing Tips Complete PSA-Graded Set (10)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $8,812.50

Gorgeous high-grade complete set of this very rare and unusual early 1950s New York area regional issue. This is an incredible set, both in terms of rarity and condition. Each of the ten cards in this set is the highest PSA-graded example, with the exception only of Lopat, which is graded PSA 7 (according to the Population Report a PSA 8 example exists). The average PSA grade is 6.33. The "nooks and crannies" associated with the design of these diecut cards make 1952 Coke Tips very condition sensitive, and high-grade PSA examples particularly rare. PSA Condition Report (10 cards): Hank Bauer (EX-MT 6), Carl Furillo (EX-MT 6), Gil Hodges (VG-EX 4), Ed Lopat (NM 7), Gil McDougald (NM 7), Don Mueller (EX-MT 6), Pee Wee Reese (NM 7), Bobby Thomson/3rd Base (NM 7), Bobby Thomson/hitting (NM 7), and Wes Westrum (NM 7). These are striking, colorful, and uniquely designed regional cards. The lower portion of each card features the home game schedule of the Yankees, Giants, or Dodgers (depending on the team affiliation of the player pictured). The reverse of each features detailed playing tips. These unusual cards were issued one card per old-fashioned six-pack cardboard container of Coca-Cola, stuck in with the bottles. This is an exceptional complete set of this early 1950s regional issue, which receives little attention but have always been held in very high esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity, as well as for their very striking and unique design. Total 10 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $8,812.50

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