1952 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1952 Berk Ross Baseball Cards


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The follow-up to the 1951 release that included multiple sports, 1952 Berk Ross Baseball ditches the non-baseball subjects and pushes the checklist to the next level. Mickey Mantle is the top card in the set and other appealing Hall of Fame options include Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.

Again featuring the "Hit Parade of Champions" title, 1952 Berk Ross Baseball cards are larger and the photo quality is better in comparison to 1951 Berk Ross. The 2" by 3" cards share a strong similarity to the 1951 Bowman design, including several of the same player images. The most notable example of this is Mickey Mantle, whose 1951 Bowman rookie card image is prominently featured in the Berk Ross set. However, the colorized black-and-white photos feature a tint that gives the cards a darker appearance and diminished clarity.

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1952 Berk Ross Baseball card fronts are little more than an image, black frame and white border. Some cards feature the player's name in white cursive text. The backs are quite simple as well. A thin black frame, more or less aligning with the front, encloses basic player information. While Berk Ross is not specifically referenced and no copyright date is offered, the stats are noted as being from 1951. The cards are not numbered.

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The overall checklist seems to confirm the 72-card was distributed around the New York-area as the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers are heavily covered and many of the other MLB teams have just one representative, if any.

One main difference for 1952 Berk Ross Baseball is that while the 1951 edition was sold in panel form, the 1952 product was issued as individual cards. The basic printing process, however, appears to have remained the same given that the cards showcase perforation remnants on both the top and bottom.

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Although there is not much complexity to the set, a few errors and variations are found in 1952 Berk Ross Baseball. Nellie Fox and Ewell Blackwell are matched to the wrong backs and there two different poses available for Phil Rizzuto. Both versions can be seen above.

1952 Berk Ross Baseball cards have seen an uptick in interest in recent years, and strong demand for high grades. These can be tougher to track down because of centering issues that plague the product.

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Key Cards

Key 1952 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

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Mickey Mantle

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Jackie Robinson

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Willie Mays

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Ted Williams

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Joe DiMaggio

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Set Checklist

1952 Berk Ross Baseball Set Checklist

The unnumbered cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
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Richie Ashburn
Hank Bauer
Yogi Berra
Ewell Blackwell - Photo Shows Nellie Fox
Bobby Brown
Jim Busby
Roy Campanella
Chico Carrasquel
Jerry Coleman
Joe Collins
Alvin Dark
Dom DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio
Larry Doby
Bobby Doerr
Bob Elliott
Del Ennis
Ferris Fain
Bob Feller
Nellie Fox - Photo Shows Ewell Blackwell
Ned Garver
Clint Hartung
Jim Hearn
Gil Hodges
Monte Irvin
Larry Jansen
Sheldon Jones
George Kell
Monte Kennedy
Ralph Kiner
Dave Koslo
Bob Kuzava
Bob Lemon
Whitey Lockman
Ed Lopat
Sal Maglie
Mickey Mantle
Billy Martin
Willie Mays
Gil McDougald
Minnie Minoso
Johnny Mize
Tom Morgan
Don Mueller
Stan Musial
Don Newcombe
Ray Noble
Joe Ostrowski
Mel Parnell
Vic Raschi
Pee Wee Reese
Allie Reynolds
Bill Rigney
Phil Rizzuto - Bunting
Phil Rizzuto - Swinging
Robin Roberts
Eddie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Preacher Roe
Johnny Sain
Red Schoendienst
Duke Snider
George Spencer
Eddie Stanky
Hank Thompson
Bobby Thomson
Vic Wertz
Wally Westlake
Wes Westrum
Ted Williams
Gene Woodling
Gus Zernial

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Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
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.

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