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High-Grade 1953 Glendale Meats SGC-Graded Complete Set (28)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $9,988
Extremely high grade complete set of 1953 Glendale Meats (28 cards), all graded and encapsulated by SGC. This extraordinary set is from The Charlie Conlon Collection. Charlie lived in the Detroit area and Glendales were one of his favorite sets. For over thirty years he searched for Glendale Meats cards, acquiring cards whenever they were available and constantly upgrading. This set, the result of his great efforts, is comprised of the highest-grade card of each Glendale that he was able to find in over three decades of diligent searching (with the exception of key rarity Art Houtteman; this set includes Charlie's second Houtteman; the best example, the highest-graded of all rare Houttemans, is offered separately as its own lot). In the world of early 1950s regional issues, few deserve more respect than the 28-card set of Detroit Tigers issued by Glendale Meats. Their striking design and legendary rarity have always made Glendales one of the most significant and desirable regional issues of the era. Issued one card per pack of Glendale hot dogs, kids had to be dedicated to hot dogs to consider building a serious collection. The reverse of each card invites youngsters to collect the set and mail them in to Glendale to potentially win one of three pairs of tickets to the World Series. The Art Houtteman card (which is included in this set) is extremely rare, and is certainly one of the great regional-issue rarities of the era. With so few examples known, it is almost certain that Houtteman was intentionally short printed and that this short printing perhaps relates to the Glendale contest offer. This is a very carefully assembled set, put together one card at a time by the hobby's most dedicated, focused, and long-standing collector of this issue, with a concern not just for technical condition, but for the overall eye-appeal of each card. Even the few lowest-graded cards in the set each have a far superior appearance than that suggested by their assigned SGC grades. This is a beautiful set! We have submitted all twenty-eight cards to SGC for grading. The SGC grades are as follows: One NM+ 86: Batts. Five NM 84: Bucha, Delsing, Garver, Madison, and Priddy. Three EX/NM 80: Dropo, Hoeft, and Mullin. Four EX 60: Carswell, Gray, Herbert, and Lund. Nine VG/EX 50: Erickson, Ginsberg, Hatfield, Houtteman, Nieman, Pesky, Souchock, Sullivan, and Wight. Four VG 40: Friend, Jordan, Kuenn, and Marlowe. Two lesser: Hitchcock (FAIR 20) and Foytack (POOR 10). Exceptionally crisp, clean, and attractive complete set of Glendale Meats, far superior to cards usually found from this rare regional food issue. These cards are very harshly graded. All appear far superior to their SGC-assigned grades. The Vg and Vg-Ex cards in some cases appear Ex-Mt, and even the two lesser-graded cards appear Ex-Mt at a glance (they have been downgraded due to a pinhole on one and two staple holes on the other, but are still both incredibly sharp cards). This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a high-grade complete set, all graded by SGC, of this unique and classic 1950s regional food issue. Total 28 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,988
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