In the late-1940s and early-1950s, the road to baseball and football supremacy led through Cleveland. That's right, Cleveland! The Browns made an all-out conquest of the AAFC, winning all four of the short-lived pro league's championships from 1946-1949. The "Brownies" continued their winning ways after joining the NFL in 1950, winning six conference titles and 3 championships during the period 1950-1955. While that's a great story, it's the Browns MLB counterparts, the Indians, that concern us here. The "Tribe" won the World Series in 1948 and earned a return trip to the Fall Classic in 1954 and all that stood in the way of them matching the Browns output was the New York Yankees. No small obstacle there, the Indians finished second to the "Pinstripers" in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.
Take the off ramp to the sunny shores of Lake Erie, with this 1952 Num Num Potato Chips Cleveland Indians complete PSA graded set of (20). This regional set was issued at the height of the Indians determined run at baseball's throne and it is loaded with big name stars that were central to the Tribe's push. Ranging in mid to better grades with deference to (1) lesser, this well-preserved set ranks as a great find in light of how tough this local snack food issue is.
All are noted on the label with "Hand Cut - Without Tab". Featured cards by PSA grade are:
PSA NM 7: (4) cards with #7 Mike Garcia, #12 Luke Easter, #14 Bob Avila, #15 Dale Mitchell
PSA EX-MT 6: (5) cards with #2 Jim Hegan, #4 Bob Lemon, #8 Steve Gromek, #9 Bob Chakales, #17 Harry Simpson
PSA EX 5: (6) cards with #3 Birdie Tebbetts, #10 Al Rosen, #11 Dick Rozek, #13 Ray Boone, #18 Larry Doby, #20 Al Lopez
PSA VG-EX 4: (4) cards with #1 Lou Brissie, #5 Bob Feller, #6 Early Wynn, #19 Sam Jones
PSA GD 2: (1) with #16 Bob Kennedy