1953 Glendale Meats Complete Set (28) with Autographed Houtteman!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938
Presented is a complete set of 1953 Glendale Meats (28 cards). The regionally issued 1953 Glendale Meats set features only Detroit Tigers players. One card was inserted in each pack of Glendale hot dogs. Their striking design and legendary rarity have always made Glendale’s one of the most significant and desirable regional issues of the era. 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) has long been recognized as one of the great regional-issue rarities of the era. The Houtteman card in the set is autographed. It is almost certain that Houtteman was intentionally short printed and that this short printing perhaps relates to the Glendale contest offer. Because of how they were issued (with hot dogs, one card per package), condition has always been a problem with Glendales in general. This is an extremely attractive low-grade complete set of twenty-eight different cards. Most of the cards look better than their technically accurate assigned grades. Condition composite: Eight cards range from Gd to Vg: Bucha, Delsing, Garver, Herbert, Houtteman (autographed in blue ink grades "5"), Kuenn, Madison, and Pesky. Twenty cards are lesser (mostly Fr-Gd): Batts, Carswell, Dropo, Erickson, Foytack, Friend, Ginsberg, Gray, Hatfield, Hitchcock, Hoeft, Jordan, Lund, Marlowe, Mullin, Nieman, Priddy, Souchock, Sullivan, and Wight. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a complete set of this unique and classic 1950s regional food issue. Total: 28 cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the one autographed card). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,938