1952 Berk Ross Complete Set (72)

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1185

Item Year: 1952

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Complete 72-card set of 1952 Berk Ross. 28% Ex to Ex-Mt, 29% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 43% lesser (including eight due to pen writing on the backs).1952 Berk Ross is a fascinating set, as it includes Joe DiMaggio's final traditional trading card as a player, and also Mickey Mantle in the same pose as his 1951 Bowman rookie card. The 1952 Berk Ross cards are similar in design to the 1951 Berk Ross card set, though slightly different in dimensions (they are larger and vertical in format) and the set was issued as individual cards instead of the perforated two-card panel design from the previous year. Keys: Berra (pen writing on back, otherwise Ex+), Campanella (85/15 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), Joe DiMaggio (Vg+), Feller (Fr), Fox (Vg-Ex), Kiner (90/10 T/B, otherwise Vg-Ex), Mantle (pressed out crease on front, otherwise Vg), Martin (5/95 T/B, otherwise Ex+), Mays (possible erased writing on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), Musial (Gd), Reese (Fr-Gd), Rizzuto/bunting (Ex+), Rizzuto/swinging (Ex), Jackie Robinson (pen writing on back, 90/10 T/B, otherwise Ex+), Snider (pen writing on back, otherwise Ex-Mt), and Ted Williams (pen writing on back, otherwise Ex). This is a very attractive midgrade complete set of this substantial early 1950s issue. The 1952 Berk Ross set is among the most interesting and overlooked sets of the era. It is also far rarer than collectors realize. (Unlike the 1951 set, there were never any 1952 sets available from Bruce Yeko's Wholesale Cards.) Total: 72 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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