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Why, oh why, did Topps, in an ill-advised fit of conservative conduct in planning the packaging for its Bazooka brand, stop making these gorgeous collectibles after only a single season? It's not an overstatement to say that the visually breathtaking items, measuring about 2-7/8" x 5" and printed on blank-backed cardboard stock, are among the most prized hobby showpieces of their decade. Deployed into the market only as the counter-shuffling and shelf-sliding surface that constituted the back of a Bazooka box, the eventual fate of the colorful cards, in terms of condition, was indeed gloomy. Few survived in presentable state, and high-grade specimens, in particular, have come to be deservedly cherished as well as notably rare. Into the inauspicious breach between supply and demand thus occasioned leaps the offered near set of top-quality, carefully preserved 1959 Bazooka football cards. The items have been neatly removed from their surroundings as intended, in some cases just inside the lines provided to guide the person effecting the cut. The set includes: Ameche, Arnett, Brown, Casares, Conerly/Baltimore SP, Conerly/Giants, Ferguson, Gifford, Groza SP, Layne, LeBaron, Lewis, Matson, Perry, Retzlaff, Rote, Tittle, Tracy SP and Unitas. The set presents at the EX/MT to NM level including a few lesser but technically grades lesser due to the cards being cut inside their black borders. Much rarer than their 1959 baseball issue, apparently few young collectors saved the football players and so today's hobbyists rarely get the chance to pick up even a sample card.
Rare 1959 Bazooka Football Complete Set (18) Plus Conerly "Colts" Variation
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