1930s to 1950s Dixie Lids Collection (458)

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2433

Item Year: 1930

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Presented is an incredibly substantial collection of 458 Dixie Lids (including 376 different) spanning the years 1932 to 1953. The collection is highlighted by multiple examples of the major movie stars of the era, including Bing Crosby (8), Jean Harlow (6), Clark Gable (5), Roy Rogers (3), Bob Hope (3), John Wayne (3), Sonja Henie (2), Cary Grant (2), Judy Garland (2), and Gregory Peck (2). Also featured are partial sets of the Dixie Lids F2 Nature series and the four F6 World War II series. Condition of the offered lids spans several grades, but the entire collection is extremely pleasing, with many of the lesser-graded cards downgraded only due to writing or some other flaw on the backs. Numerous advertising backs are found within this collection. Except where noted, all lids in the collection are the 2.25-inch diameter variety. Lids with missing tabs are noted in the grading composites below, but are graded independently of this flaw. Beginning with the Movie Star series, this collection consists of the following: 1) 1933 (8 lids): Condition is Fr to Vg (including three with missing tabs). 2) 1934 (34 lids, including 18 "Mystery Lids"): Condition is Vg to Vg-Ex (including five lesser and thirteen with missing tabs). 3) 1935 (13 lids): Condition is seven Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt and six lesser (including one with a missing tab). 4) 1936 (16 lids): Condition is eleven Vg to Ex and five lesser. Three lids are missing tabs. 5) 1937 (40 lids): Including partial set (16/24). Condition is thirty-one Vg to Ex and nine lesser. Five lids are missing tabs. 6) 1938 (18 lids): Condition is twelve Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt and six lesser. 7) 1939 (25 lids): Condition is eighteen Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt and seven lesser (including two with missing tabs). 8) 1940 (20 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including five lesser and one with a missing tab). 9) 1941 (14 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including two lesser and three with missing tabs). 10) 1942 (32 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including five lesser and six with missing tabs). 11) 1943 (14 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including two lesser and three with missing tabs). 12) 1944 (9 lids): Condition is six Vg to Ex and three lesser. 13) 1945 (5 lids): Condition is Fair. 14) 1946 (31 lids): Including near-complete set (22/24) and 13 lids with original wax paper coating. Condition is seventeen Ex to Ex-Mt, five Vg to Vg-Ex, and nine lesser. 15) 1947 (16 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including a couple lesser). 16) 1948 (16 lids): Condition is four Vg-Ex to Ex, five Gd to Vg, and seven lesser (including two with missing tabs). 17) 1949 (8 lids): Condition is Fr to Gd (including one better and one with a missing tab). 18) 1950 (9 lids): Condition is Fair due to pencil marks on the backs, otherwise Vg to Ex. Key: Elizabeth Taylor (pencil on back, otherwise Vg+). 19) 1951 (1 lid): Randolph Scott (Fr). 20) 1952 (5 lids): Condition is Gd to Vg-Ex. 21) 1953 (13 lids): Condition is Vg to Ex (including three lesser and two with missing tabs). Keys: Ball/Arnaz (Vg), Tony Curtis (Ex), and Charlton Heston (Ex). 22) 1932 F2 Nature Series (23 lids): Near-complete set (23/24), missing only #1 German Shepherd for completion. Condition is six Ex to Ex-Mt, seven Vg to Vg-Ex, and ten lesser. Six lids have missing tabs. 23) 1941 F6 Defend America small series (23 lids): Partial set (18/24) plus two lids from the large (2 11/16") series. Condition ranges from Vg to Ex-Mt (including a couple lesser and one with a missing tab). Key: The Army-Navy Air Squadron Insignia with Felix the Cat (Vg-Ex). 24) 1942 F6 America's Fighting Forces small series (19 lids): Partial set (14/24), plus one lid from the large series. Condition is Vg-Ex to Ex (including four lesser and one with a missing tab). 25) 1943 F6 "America Attacks" small series (16 lids): Partial set (12/24) plus one lid from the large series. Condition is Vg to Ex (including seven with missing tabs). 26) 1944 F6 "UN at War" small series (27 lids): Near-complete set (23/24) missing only Greece for completion, plus four lids from the large series. Condition is eighteen Vg to Ex and nine lesser. 27) "Lunch Box" promotional lids of unknown date (3 lids, 2.5" diameter): Condition is two Nr/Mt and Ex-Mt (tabs not bent on all). This is a very substantial collection of the "unsung heroes" of regional food issues assembled over a period of many years by an extremely dedicated Dixie Lids collector. These Dixie Lid sets have received very little attention from collectors in recent years, and relative to their rarity represent one of the best values of all 1930s to 1950s issues. This is an outstanding and unusually substantial collection of these very scarce and overlooked food-issue cards. Total: 458 lids.

Reserve $400. Estimate (open).


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