1950 Royal Desserts "Stars of Baseball" Complete Set (24) Plus Three 1952 Premiums and Ad

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 920

Item Year: 1950

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Outstanding complete 24-card set of 1950 Royal Desserts "Stars of Baseball" accompanied by three of the company's larger 1952 premiums as well as a period advertisement for the products. Royal Desserts designed a series of trading cards to be printed on the reverse of boxes of its puddings, pie fillings, and gelatin desserts, with famous baseball player serving as the subjects. A small picture of the player appeared alongside biographical and statistical information, and the cards were intended to be cut from the back of the box and collected by children. As such, cards from this series are rarely found in high grade. The condition of the offered set spans several grades, with three Ex to Ex-Mt, six Vg-Ex, nine Vg, and six lesser. The neatness of the cut has not been taken into account in the assigned grades. Keys: #1 Musial (Vg), 2 Reese (Vg), 3 Kell (Vg+), 5 Spahn (Ex), 11 Rizzuto (Vg-Ex+), and 16 Appling (Fr). The premiums, issued in 1952, measure approximately 5 x 7 inches and feature black-and-white images of players. Included in this collection are Musial (pinholes, otherwise Gd+), Rizzuto (two pinholes, otherwise Fr), and Scarborough (two pinholes, otherwise Vg). Also accompanying the cards and premiums is a period advertisement from a comic book page, which advertises Royal Desserts products. This is a very attractive complete set of these scarce package-design cards that would be an outstanding addition to any collection of food or oddball cards. Total: 24 cards, three premiums, and one advertisement. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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