The 1952 Berk Ross Baseball Card Set consists of 72 unnumbered cards, each measuring 2" x 3". Easily identified by the words "Hit Parade of Champions" on the backs, the 1952 Berk Ross baseball set was heavily loaded with the players from the Yankees, Giants & Dodgers and sold with bubble gum and popcorn. Unfortunately, few kids had the chance to purchase the cards, as it had a very limited regional distribution.
The 1952 Berk Ross was the only baseball card set to have cards of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, as well as cards of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. The reason for this was that they didn't bother obtaining licensing rights from the players, which eventually landed the parent company in a lawsuit by 7 New York Giants players. Another cost-cutting move was cheap paper stock that the cards were printed on, making high-grade cards hard to come by.
The 1952 Berk Ross Baseball Card Set has two different poses of Phil Rizutto, and the Ewell Blackwell and Nellie Fox cards have the backs switched.
By Dean Hanley
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