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1953 Glendale Meats PSA-Graded Collection (20)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $11,750
High-grade near-complete set of 1953 Glendale Meats consisting of 20 different of the 28 cards in the set. This is an incredible collection! Glendale Meat cards have always been among the most revered of all rare 1950s regional card issues. Issued only in the Detroit area, one card per package of Glendale hot dogs, they have always been naturally rare. The fact that cards could be saved and redeemed for prizes by mail made them all the rarer. Their distinctive and very striking high production quality has also always made them stand out among the rare food regionals of the 1950s. Because of their method of issue, when they are found, Glendales are almost always in very low grade. The amazing condition (for Glendales these are VERY high grade), in addition to the number of cards in this lot, combine to make this one of the finest collections of Glendale Meat cards we have ever had the privilege of offering. As noted below, included are numerous highest-ever graded examples (as well as others that have only one graded higher). In the old days of the hobby, especially at the old Detroit conventions which preceded the establishment of the National Convention, the mere mention of a Glendale card could cause a riot. In all the years of the Detroit show, there was never a group that could hold a candle to this extraordinary collection! Presented are twenty different cards, including legendary rarity Art Houtteman, and missing only eight cards for completion (Friend, Hatfield, Hitchcock, Lund, Mullin, Souchock, Sullivan, and Wight). Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA: Two NM 7: Carswell (highest graded) and Kuenn (highest graded). Six EX-MT 6: Garver (highest graded), Ginsberg, Gray, Hoeft, Madison, and Pesky (highest graded). Six EX 5: Batts, Bucha, Delsing, Erickson (only one graded higher), Foytack (only one graded higher), and Priddy (MK, highest-graded example). Five VG-EX 4: Dropo, Herbert, Houtteman, Marlowe, and Neiman (only one graded higher). One VG 3: Jordan. In the world of early 1950s regional issues, few deserve more respect than the 28-card set of Detroit Tigers issued by Glendale Meats. The Art Houtteman card has always been recognized as one of the great rarities of the era. It is almost certain that Houtteman was intentionally short printed and that this short printing perhaps relates to the Glendale contest offer. (First prize was a trip for two to the World Series. Houtteman kept most kids from completing their sets, though it is also clear that there are other cards in the set, such as Joe Ginsberg, that are particularly rare as well.) These cards are very harshly graded. All are far superior to their PSA-assigned grades. The Vg-Ex cards in some cases appear Ex-Mt, and even the one VG card appears EX-MT at a glance (it has been downgraded due to a crease but is still an incredibly sharp card). This collection represents a rare opportunity to acquire an ideal foundation for the assembly of a high-grade complete set of this unique and classic 1950s regional food issue. Total 20 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $11,750
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