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1952 Red Man Complete PSA-Graded Set (52)

  • Sold For: $4,148
  • Year: 1952
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 559
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

Complete set of all fifty-two cards (all with tabs) from the 1952 Red Man Tobacco series, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA. This was the first 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 PSA. The set includes two NM 7s, twenty-eight EX-MT 6s, twenty EX 5s, and two VG 3s. 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 PSA grades are as follows: Two NM 7: #3N and 22A. Twenty-Eight EX-MT 6: #1N Durocher, 2N Ashburn, 3A Berra, 4A, 4N, 5A, 5N, 7N, 8N, 9N Irvin, 10A, 11A, 11N, 12A, 13A Kell, 14A, 15A, 15N Mays, 16A, 16N Musial, 18A, 18N Roberts, 19A, 19N Schoendienst, 20A, 20N Slaughter, 22N Spahn, and 23N. Twenty EX 5: #1A Stengel, 2A, 6A Doby, 6N, 8A Feller, 9A Fox, 10N, 12N Kiner, 13N, 14N, 17N Reese, 21A, 21N Snider, 23A Williams, 24A Wynn, 24N, 25A, 25N, 26A, and 26N. Two VG 3: #7A and 17A. This is a simply outstanding high-grade set of this striking and unusual issue, easily 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 SMR value for fifty of the graded cards (not including the two VG 3s) is $4,380. Total: 52 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $4,148

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