1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

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The 1951 Berk Ross set is composed of 72 cards featuring star athletes from a number of different sports.

Anchored by 40 baseball players, the rest of the 1951 Berk Ross set offers a mix of football and basketball players, as well as boxers, golfers, figure skaters and Olympic athletes.

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Set Details

Officially designated W-532-1 in the American Card Catalog, 1951 Berk Ross is also known as "Hit Parade of Champions." This is the tagline for the set, which highlights champions across many athletic fields.

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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 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 10 cards in each series, making the baseball set complete at 40 cards. However, a truly complete set will feature all 72 subjects.

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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.

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 info, a single line of statistics from 1950, and the card number.

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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 ultimately 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. 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.

 

Key Cards

Key 1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

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#2-5 Joe DiMaggio

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#2-1 Stan Musial

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#4-5 Whitey Ford

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#2-4 Yogi Berra

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#1-3 Phil Rizzuto

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#1-11 Bob Cousy

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Set Checklist

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Set Checklist

72 cards.
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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

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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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Rob Bertrand
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.

User Reviews

  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.

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

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