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Old 04-27-2015, 06:28 PM
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Default Anyone Collect 1959 Bazooka Football?

Anyone out there collect '59 Bazooka football? Would love to see some examples and possibly interesting stories about how you obtained them or to just share general knowledge about them. Have always thought they looked great but don't know much back story behind them. Go ahead and post some pics of them beauties!
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:51 PM
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Picked this up on Ebay a long time ago. I got an email from the under bidder saying he had looked for this card for 10 years and offered my 3X what I paid. I hung on to it. Tracy, Groza, and Connerly are the keys.t.jpg
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Jim Brown is a toughie as well! I love this set.

I have a lot of info on this set and completed it a few years ago. Have a bunch of doubles as well. What do you want to know about the set?

Here are the two Conerly Cards. The originally had Conerly playing for the Colts instead of the Giants but it was corrected during printing.





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Old 04-27-2015, 09:22 PM
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I guess questions like: why are the tough ones tough? Was it limited distribution of particular players or difficulty due to geographic distribution? What are approximate quantities of various players still available (10's/100's/1000's)? Any interesting stories about production or finds (singles or groups). Much has been written about the baseball issue, not much about these.
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In early 1959 Topps released a nine card Bazooka baseball card set on the bottom of 25 piece Bazooka gum boxes. The promotion was so popular that they added 14 additional baseball players to the set later in the season. These 14 are short prints. Late in the year Topps replaced the baseball players on Bazooka boxes with football players. It is likely that the SP's are ones added later just like the SP's in the baseball set.

I don't know the population counts for these but bet there are many more raw ones than graded ones. I was collecting them one by one and had about 1/2 the set when an opportunity presented itself to purchase a near complete set a few years ago. That's how I completed the set and why I have doubles.

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I've seen lots of complete Bazooka boxes from the 1971 football set, but never seen any from the 1959 set. Does anyone have a complete box they could post a photo of?
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I know nothing about this set, but did notice it must be popular as I've seen several cards posted here on net54 from time to time. So, you had to buy a box of gum? The store owner didn't open the boxes and allow the gum to be sold individually? Were there perforations to separate the card from the box or were these hand cut?

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Old 04-28-2015, 07:16 PM
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My all time favorite set. I'm biased, but doesn't get the respect it deserves in my opinion. Rather than writing a long paragraph, I'll make a few points which people can agree / disagree with add on to etc...

1. More attractive than the baseball set in my opinion. The first nine cards issued in the baseball set are so much easier than the single prints that to me the baseball set is really two separate sets.

2. The Tom Tracy card is impossible, I MEAN IMPOSSIBLE to find. I could be wrong, but I can't image that more than 50-60 total exist, and I feel I am being conservative with those numbers.

3. The Groza and the Conerly are listed as single prints, and they are tough, but not impossible if you are patient and willing to pay when you find them.

4. You would think that the Unitas and Jim Brown would sell for about the same price, but for whatever reason, the Brown seems to always sell for a couple hundred more than a Unitas in similar condition.

5. The toughest non-single prints in my opinion are the Howie Furguson ( packers ) Joe Perry ( 49ers ) and the Alan Ameche ( Colts )

6. For whatever reason, there are a decent amount of these cards out there in good shape. You would think that the large size and the fact they had to be hand cut would be problematic, but they can be found in good condition.

7. These cards are tougher than people realize. Even at the national, very few dealers have them / have access to them. I don't really consider this an "oddball" set, as it was made by topps.
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Great info and perspective. Love learning about the lesser known/collected cards of thee past. My favorite card is the Tittle. Don't know why, just like the looks of it. What would one expect to pay for an example in decent shape? Not a lot of research material available on sale prices for ones other than Brown and Unitas.
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50-60? I think that's high. I wish we could do a poll on these rare sets and see how many exist. It would be eye opening. I guess the population reports are the best we can do for now. There are only 4 graded Tracy's plus let's assume there are 2x ungraded. This is mostly due to the fact that they are hand cut and you'll get an authentic grade. So, I say there are 10 or so Tracy's.
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