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1956 to 1969 Kahn's Wieners Collection (241)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,350
Collection of 241 assorted (159 different) 1956 to 1969 Kahn's Wieners cards, with representation from every year (except the first year of issue, 1955), highlighted by many key cards and Hall of Famers (including Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, and Pete Rose), ranging in grade from Pr to Very Good condition overall (averaging Good overall), but also including a small percentage of higher grades as well. Kahns from the earlier years (pre-1960), of which there are forty-four in this collection, are particularly rare and tend to survive in low grade simply because they were available only in packages of Kahns Meats (as opposed to also being available by mail in sets direct from the company, as was the case in the later years). The condition for the early cards is typical for Kahns, and experienced Kahns collectors will find this to be a very exciting collection despite the modest technical grades. It is necessary but in some ways an injustice to grade the early Kahns cards in the same manner as 1970s Topps baseball cards. The modest grades are warranted but may not do these early meat cards justice. They are supposed to be a little rough! They were issued with meat! The collection is comprised of the following (quantities in parentheses): 1) 1956 (5 cards): Bailey, Freeman, Lawrence, McMillan, and Robinson (HOF, Pr). 2) 1957 (25 cards, 14 different of the 29 in the set): Acker, Bell (2), Freeman (6), Friend, Gross, Hoak, Jeffcoat, Kline (5), Kluszewski, Nuxhall (2), Post, Robinson (HOF, trimmed), Temple, and Thurman. 3) 1958 (6 cards): Burgess, Crowe, Face, Jeffcoat, Purkey, and Robinson (HOF, Gd). 4) 1959 (4 cards): Bell, Nuxhall, Temple, and Thomas. 5) 1960 (46 cards, 28 different of the 42 in the set): Bailey, Gary Bell (3), Gus Bell, Burgess, Face (2), Francona (2), Friend (2), Groat, Haddix (2), Henry, Hoak, Hook (3), Kasko (2), Kluszewski (3), Lawrence, Mazeroski (HOF, 3), McLish, Nuxhall (2), O'Toole, Perry, Pinson (2), Power, Purkey (2), Robinson (HOF, Gd), Score, Skinner (2), Stuart, and Temple (2). 6) 1961 (37 cards, 24 different of the 43 in the set): Bailey (4), Gus Bell, Brosnan (2), Burgess (2), Cimoli, Coleman (2), Freese, Friend, Groat, Haddix (2), Hook (2), Jay (3), Lynch, Maloney, Mazeroski (HOF), Mizell (2), Nelson, O'Toole, Post, Power, Robinson (HOF, Pr), Skinner (2), Smith (2), and Temple. 7) 1962 (39 cards, 24 different of the 38 in the set plus one variation): Bell (with umpire in background, Pr-Fr), Bell (no umpire in background, 2), Brosnan, Burgess, Cline, Coleman, Donovan, Edwards, Francona, Freese (2), Friend, Gibbon (4), Hoak, Hunt, Jay (2), Kasko, Lynch, Maloney, O'Toole (2), Phillips, Pinson, Post, Purkey (5), Robinson (HOF, 3 - Ex-Mt, Vg, Pr), and Romano (2). 8) 1963 (32 cards, 16 different of the 30 in the set): Bailey, Blasingame (2), Coleman (3), Edwards (3), Freese, Friend, Groat, Haddix (3), Jay (2), Lynch, Maloney (3), Mazeroski (HOF), O'Toole (2), Purkey (4), Robinson (HOF, Gd), and Terry (3). 9) 1964 (25 cards, 17 different of the 31 in the set): Alvis, Cardenas, Donovan, Harper (2), Held (2), Maloney, Mazeroski (HOF, Vg), Nuxhall, Pagliaroni (2), Pinson, Purkey (2), Robinson (HOF, 5 - two Ex, Vg-Ex, two Vg), Romano, Rose (Pr), Tsitouris, Wagner, and Whitfield. 10) 1965 (12 cards, 11 different of the 45 in the set): Aaron (HOF, Ex), Bolling, Ellis, Jay (2), Kralick, Maloney, McBean, Oliver, O'Toole, Pinson, and Tsitouris. 11) 1966 (3 cards): Aaron (HOF, the year "66" is noted in pencil on the reverse, otherwise Vg), Clemente (HOF, no tab, Vg), and Menke (Ex-Mt). 12) 1967 (3 cards): Aaron - large (HOF, the year "67" is noted in pencil on the back, otherwise Ex-Mt), Stargell (HOF, Vg-Ex), and Veale (the year "1967" is noted in pencil on the reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt). 13) 1968 (1 card): Aaron - large (HOF, Ex-Mt). 14) 1969 (3 cards): Aaron - large (HOF, the indentation "1969" is faintly visible across the Kahn's logo, otherwise Ex), May (red striped border, Ex), and Mazeroski (HOF, red striped border, Ex-Mt). Very substantial group with a high concentration of major stars and many cards from early rarer years. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Tremendous group with a total 241 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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