Description1952 Coca-Cola Baseball Tips Complete Set (10) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry! If there were any two American institutions that were tailor-made for each other it is our National Pastime and Coca-Cola. What better way to fight off the hot summer sun cheering for your favorite team than with an ice-cold bottle of the beverage of choice of most Americans. The summer of '52 was an eventful year for baseball. Ted Williams played his last game in late April before leaving to serve his country in the Korean War. It was a year in which the Yankees didn't have the name "DiMaggio, J." in the batting order but "Mantle, M." would become a household name. The Boston Braves signed a young man from Mobile, Alabama name Henry Louis Aaron. That year, Coke used the slogan, "What you want is a Coke!" Maybe for rest of the country that was true, but youngsters in the New York area wanted one of 10 different approx. 3-1/2" x 7-1/2" baseball cards which offered a beloved member of one of the three New York teams and a season schedule on the front and hints for playing baseball on the back. This limited circulation resulted in this colorful edition to be an elusive acquisition for most modern day hobbyists. After over 50 years it has proven to be one of the most difficult regional issues for 21st Century collectors to acquire with few sets ever becoming available at public auction.
The 1952 Coca-Cola Baseball Tips edition was destined to become a scarce commodity. Their larger size, unique shape and thin card stock (plus a schedule that wasn't needed after October) were the three strikes that have paved the path to damage and ultimate destination in some trash can. Modern hobbyists have a limited supply of these colorful collectibles and there is an even lesser supply of examples known at the high end of the grading scale. To date, only 17 total examples have been graded NM-MT 8 with more than half of the offered set being comprised from that sparse population.
This set has earned a grade point average of 7.32 and ranks as the #1 Set on the PSA Set Registry. Eight of the ten cards are Pop-1, Pop-2 or Pop-3 with no known example grading higher. The set includes: Graded - PSA NM-MT 8: 6 cards, Hank Bauer, Gil Hodges, Ed Lopat, Don Mueller, Pee Wee Reese and Wes Westrum; PSA NM 7: 2 cards, Gil McDougald and Bobby Thomson/3rd Baseman; PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card, Carl Furillo; PSA EX 5: 1 card, Bobby Thomson/Hitting.
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