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    1952 Berk Ross "Hit Parade of Champions" Complete Set (72) - # 4 on the PSA Set Registry. Ranking: #4 on the "All-Time Finest" list on the PSA Set Registry with a 7.6 GPA. The sports card market exploded in 1951 with releases coming from Topps, Bowman and Berk Ross among other smaller promotions. Topps covered all their bases with sets devoted to All-Time Greats of the past, Major League All-Stars, two standard series and one featuring exclusively full teams. Bowman utilized the same illustrations they did in their 1950 effort but upped their game with larger sized cards. Then there was Berk Ross who came into the market in 1951 with a set sold in 2-card panels titled "Hit Parade of Champions" but the cards lacked a colors and gloss of the competition. The same held true for 1952. Berk Ross "took the bronze" and like all 3rd place finishes put out a very respectable product but are forgotten by history. That is not quite the case as many hobbyists realize the 1952 set has some very significant appearances. The roster didn't lack for star power. Both Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays make appearances in what was only the second season of their HoF careers. Surprisingly, the great Ted Williams makes an appearance, one neither Topps nor Bowman could secure and then there is the card that ended an era. "Joltin Joe" DiMaggio makes his final card appearance of his playing career. The supply of this set is far limited compared to other brands and the list of stars and HoFers doesn't stop with these top four - Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Feller, Rizzuto, Musial, Kiner, Snider, Hodges and many others. If you need more incentive, we can note this is one of the finest complete ensembles on record with a GPA over Near-Mint+. Includes: PSA Mint 9: 7 cards, Doerr, Fain, Garver, Lemon (OC), Newcombe, E. Robinson (OC) and Schoendienst; PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: 2 cards, Elliott and Mays; PSA NM-MT 8: 38 cards, Ashburn, Bauer, Berra, Blackwell (Fox), Brown (OC), Campanella, Carrasquel, Coleman (MC), Dark, D. DiMaggio, J. DiMaggio, Doby, Ennis, Feller, Hodges, Jansen, Kiner (MC), Koslo, Lockman (OC), Mantle, Martin, Mize, Mueller, Musial, Ostrowski, Raschi, Reese, Reynolds, Rigney, Rizzuto/Bunting, Rizzuto/Swinging (MC), Roberts, J. Robinson, Snider, Stanky, Wertz, Williams, Woodling; PSA NM 7: 21 cards, Busby, Fox (Blackwell), Hartung, Hearn (MC), Irvin (MC), Jones, Kennedy (OC), Kuzava, Lopat, McDougald, Minoso (OC), Morgan, Noble, Parnell, Sain (OC), Spencer, Thompson, Thomson, Westlake, Westrum, Zernial; PSA EX-MT 6: 4 cards, Collins, Kell, Maglie and Roe.

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