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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Card Show Top 20 - #17 Real Fake '52

Ok, Back to the card show. Here's #17 in the countdown, Johnny Pesky, pulled from a quarter box.

A gem mint 1952 Topps card in a quarter box?!? Nope, it's a reprint. But not an ordinary run of the mill Yo Momma reprint, this one is older then many of my readers. In 1983, Topps reprinted their entire 1952 set in modern 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 card size. Well, almost the entire set. Topps couldn't get the rights to reprint from 5 players so they were cut out. #22 Dom DiMaggio was one of the cards left out. Strangely, that card was reprinted in the 2001 Archives set. I got Dom's teammate Pesky. These sets were pretty nice for 1983... Clean, white card stock, a little glossy and they came in a nice blue factory set with a seal on them.

As you can see there's a nice big Reprint Series notice right on the back. Not that you would mistake these for the real thing. These suckers are not real easy to find. Sets can be pricey, but you can find them cheap if you look. Of course even at full retail, a set of these might be cheaper than finding a couple of high series cards. This card came out of a quarter box that otherwise had mostly recent inserts and stars. Lots of chrome in that box. Lots of new shiny stuff. I'm not sure how this lonely little reprint ended up in there. This is likely headed to one of the many Red Sox collectors out there. I got one in mind, just haven't gotten around to checking the want list yet. You gotta pick up stuff like that in quarter boxes for other people. It builds up the good karma for subsequent box searching.

The rest of the Top 20 List...
#20 Reds' Heavy Artillery
#19 Blue MadDog
#18 Lil' Jimmy
#17 Real Fake '52
#16 First Topps
#15 Bogus Boog
#14 V103 Tree
#13 Sertoma Rico
#12 '55 Finishers
#11 Hey Shiny
#10 What the Dickens
#9 '60 Spahnnie
#8 Lonely '53
#7 Super Chief
#6 Original Frank
#5 Hoops Inspiration
#4 Rocket Robin
#3 Wizard Off Kilter
#2 Shenanigans Were Called
#1 The Holy Grail of Commons

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