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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Al Rosen Is A Dan-Dee Player To Collect.

I'm getting down to needing mostly the rarer Al Rosen cards in order to complete the vintage portion of my player collection of The Hebrew Hammer. One such card was a piece of cardboard from the mid-1950s that was inserted into bags of potato chips. After not coming across many, and getting outbid on one, I was finally able to secure my newest Rosen sometime back in February, right after the first card draft got underway. In all its glory, Flip's 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips card:

Well-loved by a previous owner(s), without a doubt. Which, of course, is what allowed me to be able to afford it in the first place. Utilizing those draft funds, I was able to nail down this need for roughly $12.50. The Dan-Dee is actually the highest booking of Al's cards, checking in at a cool hundred and fifty clams.

The biggest needs I have remaining are Al's 1955 Topps Doubleheader, which features Orioles outfielder Chuck Diering, and his 1961 Topps card, which commemorates his 1953 MVP season.

I leave you with a bit of info on the '54 Dan-Dee set:

          (Excerpt from www.psacards.com)
In 1954, the Dan Dee company decided to issue baseball cards by including one card in packages of their potato chips. The set included some of the great stars in the game such as Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider. These large cards, measuring approximately 2-1/2" by 3-5/8", have a very attractive design. Each card offers a wonderful photo on the front with light, off-white colored borders used to frame the great shots.
The Dan Dees will always be in demand by collectors. In addition to the difficulty in finding these cards in top grades, there is one major reason: Mickey Mantle. Mantle was not featured in the 1954 Topps set, which is the most popular set for that year, so collectors have to look elsewhere to satisfy their Mantle needs. Bowman produced a Mantle card, but the set--as a whole--wasn't spectacular. Red Heart Dog Food produced a very eye-appealing Mantle card, but not quite as appealing as the Dan Dee. In addition, the Dan Dee is far more scarce, which makes it extremely desirable. That leaves the Dan Dee as the most desirable Mantle card for 1954 and the entire set receives a boost from Mantle's popularity