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High-Grade 1954 Red Heart Dog Food Complete Set (33)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,700
Exceptional ultra high-grade complete 33-card set of Red Heart Dog Food baseball cards. Though comprised of only thirty-three cards, the set features many of the greatest stars of the early 1950s, including Mantle, Musial, Snider, Ashburn, Spahn, and Fox. This is a very sharp-looking set. We have selected sixteen cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Three cards graded NM/MT+ 92, seven NM/MT 88, two NM+ 86, and four NM 84. Keys: Ashburn (NM/MT 88), Dark (NM/MT+ 92), Erskine (NM/MT 88), Fox (30/70 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), Hegan (NM/MT+ 92), Kell (Nr/Mt), Kiner (NM 84), Kluszewski (NM/MT 88), Kuenn (NM+ 86), Lemon (Nr/Mt), Lollar (NM 84), Mantle (NM+ 86), Martin (NM/MT 88), McDougald SP (NM/MT 88), Minoso (65/35 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), Musial (NM/MT 88), Pierce (NM 84), Rosen (NM/MT+ 92), Schoendienst (Nr/Mt-Mt), Slaughter (Nr/Mt), Snider (NM 84), and Spahn (NM/MT 88). The balance of the cards grade as follows: nine range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, seven Ex, and one Vg-Ex. Red Hearts have always been a favorite with collectors. Many consider Red Hearts to be one of the most attractive sets ever issued. The distinctive artwork, and the unusual product with which they were issued both contribute to making Red Hearts one of the 1950s' most noteworthy sets. No essay on baseball cards and how they were issued is complete without at least a mention of Red Heart Dog Food. This is a very striking high-grade complete set of one of the most popular 1950s food issues. The equivalent SMR value for just the sixteen graded cards alone (not including the seventeen ungraded cards) is $4,315. Accompanied by a newspaper advertisement (14.25 x 7 inches) promoting the then just-released Red Heart Dog Food set (laminated) that is ideal for display. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Total 33 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,700
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