1954 Blue Ribbon Tea Canadian Football Complete Set (80) and Original Album

Sold For: $3,819

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1517

Item Year: 1954

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Issued in 1954 by Colorgraphic, the extremely rare 80-card Blue Ribbon Tea set features star players from six different Canadian Football teams (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders, and Montreal Alouettes). Each card (2.25 x 4 inches) features a color image of the player on the front with a bio of the player printed in both English and French on the reverse. This is a very scarce set and the premier Canadian Football card set of the 1950s. This set is the 1952 Bowman Large of Canadian Football! Keys: #1 Jacobs (Vg), 7 Grant (Vg-Ex), 47 Faloney (Vg-Ex), 48 Parker (Gd), 51 Bright (Vg), 64 Webster (Vg), and 68 Etcheverry (Vg-Ex). The balance of the cards grade as follows: 45% range from Vg-Ex to Ex, 45% range from Gd to Vg, and 10% lesser. The assembly of this set in any condition is an extraordinary collecting achievement, but one of this caliber is unheard of in the collecting field. The cards have a far superior appearance than suggested by their technical grades. Accompanied by the very scarce premium album issued to house the set, which is advertised on the reverse of the cards. The album is in Excellent condition, with the collector's name neatly printed in ink on the upper right corner. This is the first complete set and premium album that we have ever had the privilege of offering. Total 81 items (complete set of 80 cards and one album). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.
SOLD FOR $3,819

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