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1952 BANTY RED BASEBALL STARS SERIES
Measuring the standard size of a Topps card from 1952-1956, the "base set" consists of players that were active in 1952, while the remaining cards depict players that entered the game in the following 25 years through 1977. Those later players will share card numbers with cards in the "base set". For instance, card #2 is shared between Al Zarilla of Chicago and a 1968 card entry of Johnny Bench.
Cards of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Whitey Ford—among others-- grace the fronts with era-friendly write-ups on the full-color reverses. The set kicks off AND closes with images of Ed Mathews in his first springs with Boston. A vetryu young Roberto Clemente shares #307 with Mathews. Like a handful of other players, Clemente appears in both the low numbers and high numbers with different poses. The low numbers from 1-210 will be produced roughly twice as often (up to 4 per year—but usually less) as the “High Numbers” 211-307.
The reason is strictly nostalgic. Each card is colored by hand and put through a series of filters digitally mastered to mimic an authentic 1952 Topps card. In addition, research was done to obtain accurate facsimile signatures of most players featured. Interesting to note, Mickey Mantle’s “rookie era” signature was used. The low numbers debuted in December of 2015 while the high numbers will wait until the spring of 2017. All cards are hand distressed to varying degrees and will range from PSA grading standards of GOOD 2 to NM-MT 8 with most around the 5-6 range. ‘Pack Fresh’ cards will be available occasionally but will be limited to only 1 per card. Billy Loes, Ray Mueller, Vern Stephens and Bob Gibson were produced and sold as ‘pack-fresh’ in 2016. The other 303 cards are still available. This is a fun set to make and reflect upon the “what ifs” and I will continually strive to maintain the integrity of each and every card!
BANTY RED POUCH INSERTS
The “flagship” of the Banty Red Company, these are also referred to a “Banty Red Man Style”. They measure about the same size as their muse and are pressed on a thick stock with eye-popping color and detail. Personally, Red Man Tobacco cards are my favorite collectible. I have often wished they would’ve continued making them. There is no limit to how many of these we will create. It starts with an idea, request, photo, or just basic interest. The set currently consists of everyone from Doak Walker to Secretariat. There are plans to add nearly 40 new images in 2017! An up-dated check list with populations is available at the bottom of the website.
1951 BANTY RED BASEBALL STARS SERIES
The 2017 released set will feature mainly subjects from the ’50-’51 seasons with a handful of multi-player offerings and a few players will have 2 poses. Obviously inspired by the 1951 Bowman set, these are sized appropriately. The potential inclusion of players from seasons after 1951 is still being decided. There may be a “high-numbered” series that will contain all of those “specialty” cards…stay tuned. In theory, these would’ve been available at retail shops where tobacco and/or Banty Red Ale were purchased and came 3 to a pack.