Extremely Rare 1952 Dixie Lids Partial Set (13/24)

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 987

Item Year: 1952

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Exceptional collection of thirteen different extremely rare 1952 Dixie Lid examples, including Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn, Bob Feller, Nellie Fox, and Ralph Kiner. Dixie Lids are one of the most fascinating of all food issues in that they were designed as tops for the company's line of ice-cream products and featured well-known sports and movie stars on the inside as a further enticement to young consumers. Originally created in the 1930s, the idea was revived in the early 1950s, but not without complications related to the first issue in 1952. Contractual difficulties with specific players slated to be featured in the set halted the release so long, in fact, that the next year's lids were already ready to be issued. Some believe that as a result, the 1952 set was scrapped entirely, resulting in no public issue, while others believe that a small quantity made it out the door as evidenced by the varying conditions in which they are found, including some with apparent ice-cream staining. Whatever the case, to this day examples from the 1952 set are extremely rare and a complete set is not known to exist. Condition is one Ex, seven Vg-Ex, four Vg, and one Pr-Fr. Three lids still have the protective coating over the fronts. Keys: Ashburn (Vg-Ex), Feller (Vg+), Fox (Vg-Ex+), and Kiner (Vg-Ex+). The remaining players in this collection are Byrne, Castiglione, Cooper, Cox, Fain, Michaels, Roe, Seminick, and Woodling. Many surviving examples are found without the tabs (which prompted speculation that this made them unusable at the factory and prevented them from going out the door on product). Each of the lids in this collection is missing the tab, and the preceding grades are assigned without respect to this. This is a remarkable assembly of extremely attractive lids from this very rare 1950s food issue! Total: 13 lids. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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