1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards



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Part of a wave of food-related promotional cards, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball may not jump out as an obvious staple of 1950s baseball cards, but the unique release has long been revered by collectors for its relative scarcity and elusiveness in high grade. Ted Williams is the key card in the set.

Featuring a design reminiscent of 1954 Topps, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball includes 20 cards that were issued individually in hot dog packages by the Chicago-area company. The card fronts feature a colorized player photo, facsimile signature across the middle or bottom, and text at the top noting the player's name, position and team. A narrow border occupies the outer edge of the card.

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams back

The big giveaway that the card is part of the 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball set is the image of a hot dog package in the top corner. This is both odd and amusing, especially on the cards where the player seems aware of the hovering hot dogs. Card backs display a traditional layout, with basic info, baseball bio and stats for 1953 and the player's entire career to that point.

The 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball checklist is evenly split between the American League and National League, and includes six Hall of Fame players. Although those in the HOF are the most obvious names for collectors, several other lesser-known subjects have proven tougher to track down, most notably Ray Jablonksi. Del Ennis, Stan Hack and Harvey Kuenn also seem to appear less often.

A main reason for the high values associated with 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball is based on the lack of high grade examples. Because of the close proximity to the hot dogs in the package, many exhibit staining. Also, centering is even more of an issue due to the thin border and print defects can be a problem.

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball uncut sheet

In addition to single-issue cards, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball can be found in uncut sheets. Originally intended as adverting pieces, the sheets feature the entire set and command strong values when they surface.

Top eBay Listings

1954 Wilson Franks (Weiners) Johnny Groth Card Poor To Fair Condition
$150.00

1954 Wilson Franks Paul Richards Chicago White Sox
$24.99

1954 Wilson Franks baseball card Stan Hack chicago Cubs vg (crease)
$250.00

1954 WILSON FRANKS PAUL RICHARDS GOOD
$200.00

(25872) 1954 Wilson Franks Bob Feller Indians-PR-TRIMMED
$125.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Nellie Fox Card See Scan For Details (CSC)
$175.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Carl Erskine Card See Scan For Details (CSC)
$175.00

1954 Wilson Franks Nelson Fox
$195.00

RARE* AUTHENTIC VINTAGE 1954 WILSON FRANKS GIL HODGES BASEBALL CARD NICE CREASED
$321.08

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Nelson "Nellie" Fox Chicago White Sox
$149.99

1954 Wilson Franks Roy Campanella card number 1 GD
$225.00

1954 Wilson Franks Carl Erskine Very Good to Excellent Condition (CSC)
$200.00

1954 WILSON FRANKS JOHNNY GROTH VG-EX *nice for your set* D8
$274.95

1954 Wilson Franks #1 Roy Campanella VG EX - Brooklyn Dodgers -
$1,125.00

1954 Wilson Franks #9 Gil Hodges VG EX - Los Angeles Dodgers -
$480.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Lot - 11 20 Cards W. Ted Williams, Hodges, Feller+++
$6,500.00

Key Cards

Key 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

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Ted Williams

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams

Gil Hodges

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Gil Hodges

Roy Campanella

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Roy Campanella

Bob Feller

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Bob Feller

Enos Slaughter

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Enos Slaughter

Top eBay Listings

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White SGC 88 NM MT 8 Boston Red Sox, POP 1, None Higher
$975.00

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White Red Sox SGC 40 3
$174.99

1954 WILSON FRANKS GIL HODGES # 9 SGC 60
$799.85

1954 Wilson Franks ANDY PAFKO card #13 BVG 3 VERY GOOD
$179.99

1954 Wilson Franks Andy Pafko SGC 40 HS13
$345.00

1954 Wilson Franks Bob Feller SGC 40 HS13
$460.00

1954 Wilson Franks Carl Erskine SGC 40 HS13
$355.00

1954 Wilson Franks FERRIS FAIN SGC 20 1.5
$149.99

1954 Wilson Franks #ANPA Andy Pafko BVG 5 Milwaukee Braves Baseball Card 0q3
$251.00

BVG 4.5 1954 Wilson Franks #4 Ferris Fain POP 1 White Sox G00 933
$399.98

BVG 5 1954 Wilson Franks #4 Ferris Fain POP 2 None Higher White Sox G00 934
$549.98

Set Checklist

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Set Checklist

Cards are unnumbered and listed in alphabetical order by last name.
1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams

Roy Campanella
Del Ennis
Carl Erskine
Ferris Fain
Bob Feller
Nellie Fox
Johnny Groth
Stan Hack
Gil Hodges
Ray Jablonski
Harvey Kuenn
Roy McMillan
Andy Pafko
Paul Richards
Hank Sauer
Red Schoendienst
Enos Slaughter
Vern Stephens
Sammy White
Ted Williams

Top eBay Listings

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Enos Slaughter (HOF)(New York Yankees) PSA - 6 EX-MT
$895.00

1954 Wilson Franks Harvey Kuenn PSA 7 NM (MC) *Detroit Tigers*
$999.99

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White PSA 7
$899.99

1954 Wilson Franks Ferris Fain EX MT PSA 6
$650.00

1954 Wilson Franks Nellie Fox HOF EX MT PSA 6
$1,500.00

1954 Wilson Franks Paul Richards EX MT PSA 6
$750.00

Enos Slaughter 1954 Wilson Franks - PSA 3 - Baseball Hall of Fame Member
$289.99

1954 Wilson Franks Roy McMillan PSA AUTH, Altered (PWCC)
$18.50

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams PSA 2 GD (PWCC)
$910.00

1954 Wilson Franks JOHNNY GROTH baseball card PSA 3 VG STRONG LOOKING CARD
$264.95

1954 Wilson Franks ROY CAMPANELLA HOF PSA 3
$789.00

1954 Wilson Franks - Harvey Kuenn (RC) - PSA 4 -- Tigers Rookie (mikedenero)
$310.00

1954 Wilson Franks JOHNNY GROTH baseball card PSA 2 GOOD...very tough card
$199.95

1954 Wilson Franks Bob Feller PSA 1 Cleveland Indians HOF
$250.00

1954 Wilson Franks Ferris Fain PSA 4 Chicago White Sox
$450.00

1954 Wilson Franks Johnny Groth PSA 2 (MC) Chicago White Sox
$185.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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