1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards

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1954 Dan-Dee Baseball is one of the few oddball issues to gain a mainstream hobby following. Led by an extremely popular early Mickey Mantle card, the condition-sensitive set remains a favorite with vintage collectors.

Usually when collectors think of cards and consumables, they think bubble gum and tobacco. 1954 Dan-Dee Baseball came packaged with potato chips -- oily, rough potato chips. As a result, not many cards survived in stellar condition. Instead, they're often saturated with grease, leaving lots of stains and blotching.

The set had regional distribution, believed to be primarily in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The checklist consists of 29 unnumbered cards. While Mantle is, far and away, the most popular card in the set, he is joined  by several Hall of Famers. Other key players on the 1954 Dan-Dee Baseball checklist include Duke Snider, Bob Feller and Gil Hodges. The set also has a pair of short prints, Walker Cooper and Paul Smith, that command higher prices than their names might suggest.

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball cards have a simple design. Player photos are posed portraits. Most are basic head shots with a plain background. The player's name is at the bottom of the card inside a white rectangular nameplate. Some, but not all, cards also have a facsimile signature underneath the players name. The Dan-Dee logo flanks the left side of the name. Cards measure 2 1/2" by 3 5/8", which is a little smaller than Topps cards from the same period.

1954 Dan Dee Baseball Mickey Mantle 216x300 Image   1954 Dan Dee Baseball Mickey Mantle Back 260x183 Image

Key 1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards:

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1954 Dan Dee Frank Thomas PSA 5 Pirates
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1954 Dan-Dee #7 Bob Friend G J624045
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1954 Dan-Dee #11 Gil Hodges VG J624046
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1954 Dan-Dee #24 Duke Snider G J624047
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1954 Dan-Dee #28 Wally Westlake VGEX J624048
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1954 DAN DEE HOFer GIL HODGES Brooklyn Dodger legend PSA graded vg-ex 4
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1954 DAN DEE HOFer PHIL RIZZUTO New York Yankees legend PSA graded vg-ex 4
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1954 DAN DEE HANK BAUER New York Yankees PSA graded 6
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1954 Dan-Dee #9 Sid Gordon G J612197
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1954 Dan-Dee #14 Paul LaPalme G J612198
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1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts G VG J612199
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1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts G VG J612200
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1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts VG J612201
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1954 Dan-Dee #26 Max Surkont VGEX J356560
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Set Checklist

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Checklist

29 cards. Cards are not numbered.

Bob Avila
Hank Bauer
Walker Cooper SP
Larry Doby
Luke Easter
Bob Feller
Bob Friend
Mike Garcia
Sid Gordon
Jim Hegan
Gil Hodges
Art Houtteman
Monte Irvin
Paul LaPalm
Bob Lemon
Al Lopez
Mickey Mantle
Dale Mitchell
Phil Rizzuto
Curtis Roberts
Al Rosen
Red Schoendienst
Paul Smith SP
Duke Snider
George Strickland
Max Surkont
Frank Thomas
Wally Westlake
Early Wynn
1954 Dan Dee Baseball Monte Irvin Image

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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