The population of one of the most obscure baseball card sets of the post-War era has grown by four.
Four fresh to the hobby cards from the 1950s Mascot Dog Food set have been consigned to Wheatland Auctions, pushing the total number of known examples from the 11-card set to 28 in all.
The second known copy of the Bucky Harris card, the third known copies of Gil Hodges and Don Newcombe and the fourth Yogi Berra to emerge since 2018 were part of a collection not too far from Wheatland’s Pennsylvania offices. Now authenticated and graded by PSA, they’re in Wheatland’s current auction.
“Since they were an hour away, I went to see them and they consigned their collection of vintage cards and autographs,” Wheatland’s Chuck Whisman told SC Daily. “It turned out the collector who acquired them in an estate purchase lived a few homes down from my childhood home.”
The cards were produced sometime around 1953 by Philadelphia-based Mascot. The cards, which measure 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ are black and white and printed on a glossy type stock. Part of a “fan club” promotion, the cards were virtually unknown until about ten years ago and the only known example was a card of Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts. In 2018, cards of Berra and Mickey Mantle were discovered and consigned to Wheatland by a Pennsylvania antique dealer who had acquired them. The Mantle sold at auction for $23,600 while Berra brought $4,720. Each was authenticated by Beckett and graded 1.5.
In the late fall of 2020, a newly discovered high grade group of ten different Mascot cards was sold through Mile High Card Company with the PSA 5 Mantle bringing over $84,000. Another recent find of cards from the set was apparently absorbed into a private collection and hasn’t come to market.
The group of new additions to the population being offered by Wheatland were all graded PSA 1 (Poor).
Each of the four collections of Mascot Dog Food cards uncovered in recent years has originated from collectors in the Philadelphia area – three of them on the PA side and one from the New Jersey side. Mascot’s offices were in Philadelphia, with packaging done across the state line in New Jersey.
The backs of eight of the players’ Mascot cards indicate it was to be an eight player set, but three were added at some point during the promotion, bringing the known checklist to 11 players and a reference to 11 cards is noted on the backs of those cards (Mantle, Hodges and Don Newcombe).
According to Wheatland, the total population of known Mascot Dog Food cards now includes:
- Yogi Berra, New York Yankees – 4
- Bucky Harris, Washington Senators – 2
- Monte Irvin, New York Giants – 2
- Ed Lopat, New York Yankees – 2
- Eddie Matthews, Milwaukee Braves – 2
- Robin Roberts, Philadelphia Phillies – 3
- Al “Flip” Rosen, Cleveland Indians – 2
- Geo. “Specs” Toporcer, Rochester Red Wings – 2
- Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers – 3
- Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees – 3
- Don Newcombe, Brooklyn Dodgers – 3
The cards are part of Wheatland’s first major online catalog auction of 2022. The consignor of the Mascot cards also turned over some other vintage cards including a 1921 Exhibit Babe Ruth and Type I and II photos.
The auction also includes a single-signed Roberto Clemente baseball, early Mickey Mantle cards, a 1951 Bowman Mays rookie, multiple Michael Jordan and Tom Brady rookie cards and more than 1,200 other lots. Bidding continues through Feb. 20.