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1952-1954 Red Man Tobacco Complete Set Collection (153 cards, 3 sets)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,528

65% range from Ex to Ex-Mt, 35% Vg to Vg-Ex/Ex (includes a few lesser). Total of 153 cards representing complete sets of three out of the four years of Red Man Tobacco, with the exception of eight cards missing from the 1954 set. Included are 27 cards with tabs. 1) 1952 Complete Set of 52 (no tabs): Keys: Stengel (Ex), Berra (Ex), Feller (slight tear on the bottom edge, otherwise Vg), Fox (Ex-Mt), Williams (Ex), Wynn (Ex), Durocher (Ex), Ashburn (Ex-Mt), Irvin (Ex), Kiner (Ex), Mays (Ex-Mt), Musial (Ex), Reese (Ex), Roberts (Ex-Mt), Schoendienst (Ex), Slaughter (Ex-Mt), Snider (Ex), Spahn (Vg). 2) 1953 Complete Set of 52 (8 w/tabs): Keys: Stengel (Vg-Ex with tab), Berra (Ex-Mt), Fox (Ex), Kell (Vg-Ex), Rizzuto (Ex with tab), Wynn (Ex with tab), Lemon (Ex), Ashburn (Ex with tab), Campanella (Vg), Reese (Ex), Snider (Ex-Mt), Spahn (Vg), Musial (Vg). 3) 1954 Near-Complete Set of 42 out of 50 (19 w/tabs): The set is missing the following eight cards for completion: #1N Ashburn, 4A Kell, 9A, 12N, 19A, 19N Slaughter, 20N, and 22N Hodges. Keys: Fox (Ex with tab), Irvin (Vg), Kluszewski (Ex-Mt with tab), Spahn (Vg), Campanella (Vg), Reese (Ex with tab), Ford (Ex-Mt with tab), Snider (Ex with tab), Rizzuto (Vg), Berra (Ex with tab), Mays (Vg-Ex with tab). Red Man Tobacco cards are far rarer than most 1950s baseball cards. Because of their tabs (which were designed to be handcut and redeemed for prizes) and method of issue, they often have condition problems. 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 very attractive near-complete set run of these unusual cards. The cards are bright and crisp, and overall display far better than their technically accurate assigned grades. Total 153 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,528

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