Thursday, October 08, 2015

1947 Tip Top Bread - All the Dodger Cards

Continuing my quest to catalog, checklist and share pics of every Dodger card in the hobby (no doubt a lifelong endeavor) I now point to you a group of cards many collectors have scarcely come across.  Featured below is the complete 14-card Dodger team set from the 1947 Tip Top Bread set.

This is one of the toughest post-WWII sets to complete.  It is filled with short prints galore due to a distribution that saw regions only receiving teams in their geographical locations.  As such, cards for clubs like the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs are hard to come by while the New York area teams are easier.  Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that Dodger cards are cheap.  The general scarcity of the issue makes completing a team set a costly endeavor, and I hesitate to state a value even in VG condition for fear of coming out too low. 

Bob Bragan                                 Ralph Branca

Hugh Casey                              Bruce Edwards 

Hal Gregg                             Joe Hatten 

Gene Hermanski                       John Jorgensen

Harry Lavagetto                    Vic Lombardi

BTW, the Frank Melton below is actually from the reprint set created in 1991.  It's hard to tell, but the font used on the reprint is slightly different then the original card.  The best way to tell the difference is by looking at the capital letter "B".  It is a distinctly different font based on the size of the inner circles in the "B".  Also, the font used for the players name is slightly skinnier than the original.

Frank Melton                         Ed Miksis 

Marv Rackley                        Ed Stevens

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