A remarkable "old stock" find from the local grocery!1950 Royal Pudding Retail Case with Forty-One Uncirculated Boxes! One can only imagine the remarkable set of circumstances that has resulted in this case surviving the better part of a century. Collectible cards of noted baseball stars and actresses first appeared on boxes of "Royal Desserts" products in 1950, continuing in 1951 and 1952. Today, the cards are almost always found hand-cut from the original boxes, often poorly reflecting the excitement of a youngster clipping away, with uneven edges and jagged corners.
As to be expected, retail cases from this era are virtually never found and remain a white whale of sorts to collectors with an interest in this challenging subgenre. What makes this offering so unique is the presence of not only the original 14.5x7.5x6" retail case from the first year of issue (the only known example), but also the almost completely intact contents featuring forty-one complete 3.5x2.75x1.25" pudding boxes still inside!
This outer case was designed to firmly hold forty-eight individual boxes. Dual-color graphics confirm the "Royal Pudding" origins. A little worse for wear, the case shows its age with corner dings and a partially missing top panel. The sacrifice made has resulted in a partially opened end panel or pressure crease showing up on only a handful of otherwise uncirculated and barely handled NRMT to Mint unopened boxes.
The subjects break down is as follows: Actress Yvonne DeCarlo (1 box) - most famous for her role as "Lillian" in "The Munsters," Luke Appling #16 (5 boxes), Stan Rojek #15 (10 boxes) - All with "Pirates," Bobby Thomson #16 (15 boxes) - All "In 1949..." 2nd paragraph variant. The "Flying Scot" was just one year away from baseball immortality and Stan Musial "Royal Book of Baseball Facts" booklet offer (9 boxes) plus 25 booklets of the 1950 edition with Musial on the cover. Each color scheme is red/black, each box front has a promotional stamp that indicates the boxes were intended as a FREE give-away for the purchase of a can of "Chase & Sanborn" coffee. The booklets grade VG to EX with a handful lesser. Forgotten for over six decades, this is a veritable time capsule from the shelf of a Truman-era grocery store.
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