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Monday, April 4, 2011

Just In: 1961 & 1962 Post Near Sets

1961 Post #132 Roberto Clemente (COM)
We just received a very large collection that included two rare items - a 1961 Post Cereal near complete set and 1962 Post Cereal near complete set. While most of these cards are pretty commonly available, the sets can be difficult to put together because many of the cards were made in much shorter supply. Most Post cards were made available on the back of cereal boxes and could also be purchased directly from the Post Cereal Company in the form of team sheets. The "company-purchase" cards now go by the designation "COM", while the cards cut out of the box are designated by the phrase "BOX". However, a few cards were printed only on the back of the boxes. Because the primary cereal consumers were kids, many of the cards that were printed only on the boxes are now difficult to find. Other cards were just made in short supply and could probably be called "short prints".
1962 Post #5 Mickey Mantle (ad)

The 1961 Post Cereal near complete set is missing only three cards: #93 Jim Lemon, #94 Chuck Stobbs, and #183 Roy McMillan. The 1962 Post Cereal near complete set is missing four cards: #82 Ted Kluszewski, #83 Bob Allison, #125 Jim Brosnan, and #188 Ernie Banks. We also have 1961 and 1962 Post Cereal baseball cards for sale individually.