Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer - 1954 Red Heart Dog Food Set

 Although the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food baseball card set is not as popular as many of the Topps and Bowman sets of the same era, it's certainly nothing to bark at.  Despite only boasting 33 cards, the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food set is packed with Hall of Fame players; including #1 Richie Ashburn, #9 Nellie Fox, #12 George Kell, #13 Ralph Kiner, #18 Mickey Mantle, #23 Stan Musial, #27 Red Schoendienst, #28 Enos Slaughter, #29 Duke Snider and #30 Warren Spahn.  In fact, both Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial did not appear in the 1954 Topps baseball set. 

Back in 1954, if your dog ate Red Heart Dog Food, then acquiring these baseball cards was easy.  As a premium for serving your dog Red Heart, kids could mail two Red Heart Dog Food labels along with 10 cents to the John Morrell & Company in exchange for one eleven-card series. Each series can be identified by the background color on the front of the card, either red, blue or green; however, cards with a red background do exist in smaller populations.     

In keeping with the dog days of summer, Dean's Cards recently added abeautiful 1954 Red Heart Dog Food complete set  that grades out in Excellent Plus condition.  The cards in this impressive set have very little wear and very nice centering, especially the signature card in the set, #18 Mickey Mantle, which grades out in Excellent/Mint condition.

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