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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 product remains a favorite with vintage collectors.

It is worth noting that the vintage set had regional distribution, believed to be primarily in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Set Details

When collectors think of cards and consumables, they usually think of 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 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.

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1954 Dan-Dee Baseball cards have a simple design with posed player portraits. Most are basic headshots 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 player's name.

Cards measure 2-1/2" by 3-5/8", which is a little smaller than Topps cards from the same period.

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The entire series was later reprinted with black-and-white backs.

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Set Checklist

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards Checklist

Base Set Checklist

29 cards. Cards are not numbered.
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Bobby Avila - Cleveland Indians
Hank Bauer - New York Yankees
Walker Cooper - Pittsburgh Pirates
Larry Doby - Cleveland Indians
Luke Easter - Cleveland Indians
Bob Feller - Cleveland Indians
Bob Friend - Pittsburgh Pirates
Mike Garcia - Cleveland Indians
Sid Gordon - Pittsburgh Pirates
Jim Hegan - Cleveland Indians
Gil Hodges - Brooklyn Dodgers
Art Houtteman - Cleveland Indians
Monte Irvin - New York Giants
Paul LaPalme - Pittsburgh Pirates
Bob Lemon - Cleveland Indians
Al Lopez - Cleveland Indians
Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees
Dale Mitchell - Cleveland Indians
Phil Rizzuto - New York Yankees
Curt Roberts - Pittsburgh Pirates
Al Rosen - Cleveland Indians
Red Schoendienst - St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Smith - Pittsburgh Pirates
Duke Snider - Brooklyn Dodgers
George Strickland - Cleveland Indians
Max Surkont - Pittsburgh Pirates
Frank Thomas - Pittsburgh Pirates
Wally Westlake - Cleveland Indians
Early Wynn - Cleveland Indians



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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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