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1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

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In 1951, Berk Ross issued a set of 72 cards from a number of different sports. Led by 40 baseball players, the rest of the 1951 Berk Ross set features a mix of football and basketball players, as well as boxers, golfers, figure skaters and Olympic athletes.

Officially designated W-532-1 in the American Card Catalog, 1951 Berk Ross is also know as "Hit Parade of Champions." This is the tagline for the set, which highlights champions across many athletic fields. With the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees having won their respective pennants the previous year, the baseball portion of the checklist is dominated by players from those teams. Collectors can also find the earliest card for basketball great Bob Cousy.

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Panel boxes

1951 Berk Ross cards were issued as two-card panels and released in four separate series with 18 cards in each. The cards are numbered by their series, so #1-1 through #1-18 are the first series, #2-1 through #2-18 covers the second series, and so on. Baseball subjects are found on the first ten cards in each series, making the baseball set complete at 40 cards. However, a truly complete set will feature all 72 subjects.

While the actual card pairings on the 1951 Berk Ross panels are mixed, the majority group consecutive odd and even-numbered cards (i.e. #1 - #3, #2 - #4). The final cards in each series (#17 and #18) are featured on the same card. Because a perforation is found between the two cards in each panel, intact versions are not as common.

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Panel front

The actual 1951 Berk Ross design has the appearance of a subdued 1950 Bowman. The individual Berk Ross cards are the same basic size at 2-1/16" by 2-1/2", have a similar uncluttered design and occasionally use the same player pictures that were used in that Bowman set. Card backs feature basic players info, a single line of statistics from 1950 and the card number.

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Panel back

Unlike the more common distribution methods, boxed sets of 1951 Berk Ross were available in the hobby through a single dealer by the name of Bruce Yeko. Yeko was one of the first full-time vintage dealers and had exclusive rights to the distribution of the boxes. Boxes were originally available through his catalog for $19.95. While it is not sure exactly how many sets were produced, it is believed that several hundred boxes were made available.

Interesting to note, Joe DiMaggio, who never appeared on a Bowman card and had largely been excluded from sets since 1948-49 Leaf, is the key card to the set. An early card of Whitey Ford appears as well.

Aside from a mix of stars and Hall of Fame baseball players, Olympic legend Jesse Owens, Raging Bull subject Jake LaMotta, golfer Ben Hogan, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson and skater Dick Button have cards in the set as well.

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1951 Berk Ross 317 Yvonne Claire Sherman Ice Skater EX #D138527
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1951 Berk Ross #9 Stan Lopata B VG
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1951 Berk Ross #9 Stan Lopata B VG
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1951 Berk Ross #2 Warren Spahn B VG EX
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1951 Berk Ross #2 Warren Spahn B VG EX
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Joe Page #5 and Eddie Lopat #6 1951 Berk Ross New York Yankees
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1951 Berk Ross #16 Sid Abel C VG
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1951 Berk Ross #16 Sid Abel C EX
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1951 Berk Ross #16 Sid Abel C VG
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1951 Berk Ross #16 Sid Abel C EX
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1951 Berk Ross #4 Yogi Berra B FAIR
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1951 Berk Ross #4 Yogi Berra B FAIR
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1951 Berk Ross #17 Yvonne Claire Sherman C VG EX
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1951 Berk Ross #17 Yvonne Claire Sherman C VG EX
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1951 Berk Ross Tommy Byrne 1951 Hit Parade Of Champions New York Yankees NYY
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1951 Berk Ross - Stan Musial Cardinals
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Key Cards

Key 1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

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#2-5 Joe DiMaggio

1951 Berk Ross Joe DiMaggio

#2-1 Stan Musial

1951 Berk Ross Stan Musial

#4-5 Whitey Ford

1951 Berk Ross Whitey Ford

#2-4 Yogi Berra

1951 Berk Ross Yogi Berra

#1-3 Phil Rizzuto

1951 Berk Ross Phil Rizzuto

#1-11 Bob Cousy

1951 Berk Ross Bob Cousy #1-11

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JOE DIMAGGIO 1951 Berk Ross #2-5 AUTOGRAPH SGC Authentic AUTO SIGNED Card RARE
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1951 Berk-Ross #42767 Stan Musial Autograph SGC Authentic 1386534-005
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1951 Berk Ross…Yogi Berra…Yankees… GRADED SGC 80…EX NM
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1951 Berk Ross…Hank Bauer…. YANKEES…… GRADED SGC 92… NM MT+
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1951 Berk Ross #4-3 Fred Sanford New York Yankees SGC 60 EX 5 Rare
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1951 Berk Ross #4-4 Tommy Byrne New York Yankees SGC 84 NM 7 32240
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1951 Berk Ross #4-1 Gene Woodling New York Yankees SGC 86 NM+7.5 32237
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1951 Berk Ross Panel 1-1 1-3 Al Rosen Phil Rizzuto ** SGC 60 EX 5 ** baseball
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1951 BERK ROSS #2-1 STAN MUSIAL AUTOGRAPH, CARDINALS HOF - BVG AUTHENTIC (08247)
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(181) 1951 Berk Ross Dom DiMaggio Auto Signed SGC Autographed Boston Red Sox
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1951 Berk Ross #2-7 Granville Hamner - Philadelphia Phillies - SGC 84 NM
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1951 Berk Ross #3-10 Ken Heintzelman - Philadelphia Phillies - SGC 86 NM+
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1951 Berk Ross Warren Spahn & Yogi Berra Panel SGC 86
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1951 Berk Ross Panel #3-5 3-7 Joe Page Andy Seminick SGC 92 NM-MT+ 8.5 LOW POP
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1951 BERK ROSS #4-2 CLIFF MAPES YANKEES SGC 50=4 0045
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1951 BERK ROSS #4 FRED SANFORD YANKEES SGC 40 = 3 0050
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Set Checklist

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Set Checklist

1951 Berk Ross Joe DiMaggio

Series 1
1-1 Al Rosen - baseball
1-2 Bob Lemon - baseball
1-3 Phil Rizzuto - baseball
1-4 Hank Bauer - baseball
1-5 Billy Johnson - baseball
1-6 Jerry Coleman - baseball
1-7 Johnny Mize - baseball
1-8 Dom DiMaggio - baseball
1-9 Richie Ashburn - baseball
1-10 Del Ennis - baseball
1-11 Bob Cousy - basketball
1-12 Dick Schnittker - basketball
1-13 Ezzard Charles - boxing
1-14 Leon Hart - football
1-15 James Martin - football
1-16 Ben Hogan - golf
1-17 Bill Durnan - hockey
1-18 Bill Quackenbush - hockey
Series 2
2-1 Stan Musial - baseball
2-2 Warren Spahn - baseball
2-3 Tommy Henrich - baseball
2-4 Larry "Yogi" Berra - baseball
2-5 Joe DiMaggio - baseball
2-6 Bobby Brown - baseball
2-7 Granville Hamner - baseball
2-8 Willie Jones - baseball
2-9 Stanley Lopata - baseball
2-10 Mike Goliat - baseball
2-11 Sherman White - basketball
2-12 Joe Maxim - boxing
2-13 Sugar Ray Robinson - boxing
2-14 Doak Walker - football
2-15 Emil Sitko - football
2-16 Jack Stewart - hockey
2-17 Dick Button - figure skating
2-18 Melvin Patton - track & field/running
Series 3
3-1 Ralph Kiner - baseball
3-2 Billy Goodman - baseball
3-3 Allie Reynolds - baseball
3-4 Vic Raschi - baseball
3-5 Joe Page - baseball
3-6 Eddie Lopat - baseball
3-7 Andy Seminick - baseball
3-8 Dick Sisler - baseball
3-9 Eddie Waitkus - baseball
3-10 Ken Heintzelman - baseball
3-11 Paul Unruh - basketball
3-12 Jake La Motta - boxing
3-13 Ike Williams - boxing
3-14 Wade Walker - football
3-15 Rodney Franz - football
3-16 Sid Abel - hockey
3-17 Yvonne Sherman - figure skating
3-18 Jesse Owens - track & field/running
Series 4
4-1 Gene Woodling - baseball
4-2 Cliff Mapes - baseball
4-3 Fred Sanford - baseball
4-4 Tommy Byrne - baseball
4-5 Eddie (Whitey) Ford - baseball
4-6 Jim Konstanty - baseball
4-7 Russ Meyer - baseball
4-8 Robin Roberts - baseball
4-9 Curt Simmons - baseball
4-10 Sam Jethroe - baseball
4-11 Bill Sharman - basketball
4-12 Sammy Saddler - boxing
4-13 Margaret Osbourne DuPont - tennis
4-14 Arnold Galiffa - football
4-15 Charles Justice - football
4-16 Glenn Cunningham - track & field/running
4-17 Gregory Rice - track & field/running
4-18 Harrison Dillard - track & field/running

1951 Berk Ross Panels Set Checklist

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Panel front

Al Rosen 1-1 / Phil Rizzuto 1-3
Bob Lemon 1-2 / Hank Bauer 1-4
Billy Johnson 1-5 / Johnny Mize 1-7
Jerry Coleman 1-6 / Dom Dimaggio 1-8
Richie Ashburn 1-9 Bob Cousy 1-11
Del Ennis 1-10 / Dick Schnittker 1-12
Ezzard Charles 1-13 / James Martin 1-15
Leon Hart 1-14 / Ben Hogan 1-16
Bill Durnan 1-17 / Bill Quackenbush 1-18
Stan Musial 2-1 / Tommy Henrich 2-3
Warren Spahn 2-2 / Yogi Berra 2-4
Joe Dimaggio 2-5 / Granville Hamner 2-7
Bobby Brown 2-6 / Willie Jones 2-8
Stanley Lopata 2-9 / Sherman White 2-11
Mike Goliat 2-10 / Joe Maxim 2-12
Ray Robinson 2-13 / Emil Sitko 2-15
Doak Walker 2-14 / Jack Stewart 2-16
Dick Button 2-17 / Melvin Patton 2-18
Ralph Kiner 3-1 / Allie Reynolds 3-3
Billy Goodman 3-2 / Vic Raschi 3-4
Joe Page 3-5 / Andy Seminick 3-7
Eddie Lopat 3-6 / Dick Sisler 3-8
Eddie Waitkus 3-9 / Paul Unruh 3-11
K.Heintzelman 3-10 / Jake La Motta 3-12
Ike Williams 3-13 / Rodney Franz 3-15
Wade Walker 3-14 / Sid Abel 3-16
Yvonne Sherman 3-17 / Jesse Owens 3-18
Gene Woodling 4-1 / Fred Sanford 4-3
Cliff Mapes 4-2 / Tommy Byrne 4-4
Whitey Ford 4-5 / Robin Roberts 4-8
Jim Konstanty 4-6 / Russ Meyer 4-7
Curt Simmons 4-9 / Bill Sharman 4-11
Sam Jethroe 4-10 / Sandy Saddler 4-12
Margaret Dupont 4-13 / Charles Justice 4-15
Arnold Galiffa 4-14 / Glen Cunningham 4-16
Gregory Rice 4-17 / Harrison Dillard 4-18

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1951 Berk Ross #2-5 Joe DiMaggio PSA 1.5 Fair New York Yankees Outfielder
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1951 Berk Ross Baseball Card #2-2 Warren Spahn Boston Braves PSA 6 EX MT
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RICHIE ASHBURN 1951 BERK ROSS #1 PSA PR-1********
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STAN LOPATA 1951 BERK ROSS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
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1951 BERK ROSS BASEBALL #3-9 EDDIE WAITKUS PSA 6 EX MT PHILLIES POP 3 MLB
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1951 Berk Ross Del Ennis Philadelphia Phillies PSA EX 5
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1951 Berk Ross Stanley Lopata Philadelphia Phillies PSA EX-MT 6
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1951 Berk Ross Joe Page New York Yankees PSA EX-MT 6
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1951 Berk Ross Billy Johnson New York Yankees PSA NM 7
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.


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  1. A first rate description of this complete set I’ve had for forty years. It is in near mint condition and might be interested in selling it.

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  3. This set also features the rookie card of all time great goalie Bill Durnan – an extremely underrated card!

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