Extremely Rare 1946-1954 Large-Size Dixie Lids Collection (71)

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2499

Item Year: 1950

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Presented is a substantial collection of seventy-one different large-size Dixie Lids spanning the years 1946 to 1954. All lids are either 3.25 inches or 3.5 inches (the 1946 lids only) in diameter, far rarer than the 2.25 inch diameter versions. The collection is highlighted by examples of several major movie stars of the era, including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, and John Wayne. Condition of the offered lids spans several grades, but the entire collection maintains strong visual appeal, with many of the lesser-graded cards downgraded only due to paper loss or some other flaw on the backs. Numerous advertising backs are found within this collection. Lids with missing tabs are noted in the grading composites below, but are graded independently of this flaw. 1) 1946 (7 lids, including three without tabs): Condition is two Vg-Ex, one Gd, three Fr, and one Pr. Key: John Wayne (back skinned off, no tab, otherwise Pr). 2) 1951 (17 lids, including three without tabs): Condition is nine Vg to Vg-Ex and eight Pr to Gd (averaging Fr). Keys: Bing Crosby (Vg-Ex), Martin & Lewis (Fr due to paper loss on the reverse), and Roy Rogers (Pr-Fr). 3) 1952 (24 lids, including nine without tabs): Condition is seven Vg to Vg-Ex and seventeen Pr to Gd (averaging Fr). Keys: Bing Crosby (Gd due to minor paper loss on reverse), Clark Gable (Fr), Bob Hope (no tab, otherwise Fr), and John Wayne (Fr due to paper loss on reverse). 4) 1953 (5 lids, including four without tabs): Condition is Vg-Ex, Vg, two Fr, and Pr-Fr. 5) 1954 (18 lids, including six right/left tab variations): Condition is eight Ex-Mt or slightly better (including two with protective wax paper coating), eight Vg-Ex to Ex, and two lesser. This is an outstanding and unusually substantial collection of these very scarce large-size Dixie Lids. Total: 71 lids. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).


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