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1952-1955 Red Man Tobacco Complete Set Run (4 Sets) - All with Tabs!

  • Sold For: $14,220
  • Year: 1952
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 578
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

Total of 208 cards representing complete sets of all four years of Red Man Tobacco. This is a remarkably crisp, clean Red Man Tobacco complete set run. These are beautiful sets! All the cards are with tabs. From a very old-time collection, these sets have been stored away in a closet for decades, possibly since their year of issue. We have selected eight cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. 1) 1952 Complete Set of 52: Grades 30% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 40% Ex to Ex-Mt, 30% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1A Stengel (Ex), 1N Durocher (Ex), 2N Ashburn (Vg-Ex), 3A Berra (Ex-Mt), 6A Doby (Ex), 8A Feller (Nr/Mt), 9A Fox (Ex), 9N Irvin (Ex), 12N Kiner (Vg), 13A Kell (Nr/Mt), 15N Mays (SGC EX+ 70), 16N Musial (SGC NM 84), 17N Reese (Ex-Mt), 18N Roberts (Ex), 19N Schoendienst (Vg), 20N Slaughter (Ex-Mt), 21N Snider (SGC EX/NM 80), 22N Spahn (Ex-Mt), 23A Ted Williams (SGC NM+ 86), and 24A Wynn (Vg-Ex). 2) 1953 Complete Set of 52: Grades 10% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 80% Ex to Ex-Mt, 10% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1A Stengel (Ex), 3A Berra (Ex-Mt), 3N Ashburn (Vg), 5A Fox (Nr/Mt), 5N Campanella (Ex), 8A Kell (Vg-Ex), 10A Rizzuto (Ex), 10N Reese (Ex-Mt), 11N Roberts (Ex), 12N Schoendienst (Ex), 13N Slaughter (Ex), 14A Wynn (Vg-Ex), 14N Snider (Ex), 15N Kiner (Ex-Mt), 17A Lemon (Ex-Mt), 18A Mize (Ex), 19N Spahn (Ex), 21N Wilhelm (Ex), and 26N Musial (Ex). 3) 1954 Complete Set of 50 with four variations for a total of 54: Grades 10% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 85% Ex to Ex-Mt, 5% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1N Ashburn (Ex), 3A Fox (Ex), 4A Kell/Boston (Ex), 4A Kell/Chicago (Ex), 5N Irvin (Ex-Mt), 10N Schoendienst (Ex), 11N Spahn (Ex), 13N Campanella (Ex), 15N Reese (Ex-Mt), 16A Ford (Ex-Mt), 16N Snider (Ex), 17A Rizzuto (Ex-Mt), 18N Roberts (Ex-Mt), 19N Slaughter (Ex-Mt), 20A Berra (Ex), 21A Lemon (Ex-Mt), 22N Hodges (Ex), 23N Mathews (Ex-Mt), and 25N Mays (SGC NM+ 86). 4) 1955 Complete Set of 50: Grades 30% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 55% Ex to Ex-Mt, 15% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1N Ashburn (Ex), 3A Ford (Ex-Mt), 3N Hodges (Ex-Mt), 4A Fox (Nr/Mt), 7N Mays (SGC EX 60), 8A Lemon (Ex), 10N Spahn (SGC EX 60), 12N Wilhelm (Ex-Mt), 14A Wynn (Ex), 16A Berra (Ex-Mt), 17N Reese (SGC NM+ 86), 18A Doby (Nr/Mt), 18N Schoendienst (Nr/Mt), and 19N Snider (Ex-Mt). Red Man Tobacco cards are far rarer than most 1950s baseball cards. Because of their tabs (which were designed to be cut) and method of issue, they often have condition problems. Compared to other issues from the 1950s, Red Mans are not only unique and substantial, they are also far rarer than the gum-card issues of the era. In addition, they are the last of the tobacco-card sets featuring ballplayers, as growing awareness of the dangers of tobacco soon made issuing cards with appeal to youngsters no longer appropriate. Many consider the Red Man sets among the best values of all cards from the era. This is very attractive complete set run of these unusual cards. The cards are bright and crisp, and (as is often the case with Red Mans) display far better than their technically accurate (and overall very impressive) assigned grades. The SMR value for just the eight SGC-graded cards (not including the 200 ungraded cards) is $3,775. Total: 208 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $14,220

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