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1955 Red Man Complete SGC-Graded Set (50)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $4,113
Extraordinary ultra high-grade complete set of all fifty cards (all with tabs) from the 1955 Red Man Tobacco series, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC. This was the last of the four Red Man sets issued from 1952 to 1955. Red Man Tobacco cards are among the most beautiful cards ever issued and also represent one of the best values of all cards from the 1950s. These cards have long been a special favorite of collectors, and with good reason: They are far rarer than Topps issues from the era; they are unusual; they are relatively small sets; and each set includes so many great stars from the golden era of the early 1950s. The fact that Red Man cards are very challenging to collect in high grade gives them a mystique and all the greater appeal to serious collectors. Red Man Tobacco cards are never going out of style with advanced collectors and a case could be made that with grading (holders for Red Mans are relatively new) they are just beginning to be discovered by many serious collectors. Red Man cards do not get a lot of attention compared to Topps and Bowman, but are one of the premier sets of the 1950s. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC. The set includes four NM/MT+ 92s, twenty-one NM/MT 88s, ten NM+ 86s, nine NM 84s, four EX/NM 80s, one EX+ 70, and one EX 60. These are extremely high grades for Red Mans! The assembly of this set in such high grade is no small feat. Because of their tabs (which were designed to be cut) and method of issue, Red Man Tobacco cards often have serious condition problems, and are usually found without tabs. A set of this extraordinary quality can only be assembled as a result of a labor of love, combined with a lot of hard work. Fortunately, the work is done; the set is complete; and all are graded. This is a magnificent set. The SGC grades are as follows: Four NM/MT+ 92: #2A, 7A, 9A, and 22A Bauer. Twenty-one NM/MT 88: #1A, 2N, 3A Ford (HOF), 3N Hodges, 4A Fox (HOF), 4N, 5A, 7N Mays (HOF), 9A, 10N Spahn (HOF), 11A Rosen, 11N, 12A, 13A, 15A, 17A, 19A Jensen, 19N Snider (HOF), 21A Piersall, 23N, and 24A Minoso. Ten NM+ 86: #5N, 6A, 6N, 8N, 10A, 13N, 15N, 18A Doby (HOF), 18N Schoendienst (HOF), and 24N. Nine NM 84: #1N Ashburn (HOF), 14A Wynn (HOF), 14N Erskine, 16A Berra (HOF), 16N Kluszewski, 20A, 23A, 25A, and 25N. Four EX/NM 80: #12N Wilhelm (HOF), 17N Reese (HOF), 21N, and 22N. One EX+ 70: #8A Lemon (HOF). One EX 60: #20. This is a simply outstanding high-grade set of this striking and unusual issue, one of the finest we have ever handled, and one that based on current guide prices we can't help but think represents an extraordinary value compared to the value of most other cards from the 1950s. The equivalent SMR value for the fifty individual cards is $7,655 (there is no SMR value for the NM-MT+ 8.5, NM+ 7.5, or EX+ 5.5 grades, so the fourteen examples graded at these levels were calculated using the NM-MT 8, NM 7, and EX 5 values). Total: 50 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $4,113
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