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   1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Mickey Mantle - Back

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1954 Dan-Dee #1 Bob Avila VGEX J730617

1954 Dan-Dee #26 Max Surkont VGEX J356560

1954 Dan-Dee #13 Monte Irvin EX+ J356557

1954 Dan-Dee #25 George Strickland VGEX J602759

1954 Dan-Dee #24 Duke Snider F J602758

1954 Dan-Dee #15 Bob Lemon G J602752

1954 Dan-Dee #22 Red Schoendienst G J602757

1954 Dan-Dee #11 Gil Hodges G J602751

1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts G VG J612200

1954 Dan-Dee #28 Wally Westlake VGEX J624048

1954 Dan-Dee #24 Duke Snider G J624047

1954 Dan-Dee #19 Phil Rizzuto F J602754

1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts G VG J612199

1954 Dan-Dee #7 Bob Friend G J624045

1954 Dan-Dee #11 Gil Hodges VG J624046

1954 Dan-Dee #20 Curt Roberts VG J612201
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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

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His 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.

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