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10-30-2007, 11:09 PM
Posted By: <b>MEWheat</b><p>Ted Z's earlier post:<br /><br />(<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/579392/message/1188746407/Let%27s+see+your+Rare+1952+T+mid-series+GRAY+backs" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://www.network54.com/Forum/579392/message/1188746407/Let%27s+see+your+Rare+1952+T+mid-series+GRAY+backs</a>+-)<br /><br />which was about '52 Topps Graybacks (Series #3, Card #'s 131-190) got me wondering if other Grayback variations exist. <br /><br />Old Cardboard Issue #12 (Summer 2007) has a great article on Topps issues form the 50's. It reaffirms what Ted Z mentioned about the scarcity of Series #3 Graybacks and also mentions that the '54 & '56 Topps had Grayback variations. The article also indicates these were thought to be printed in Canada and that the '56 Topps were equally as common as the normal white cardstock.<br /><br />Does anyone know if the '54 Topps Graybacks (Series #1, cards 1-50)are scarce relative to the normal issue? <br /><br />Thanks in advance.<br /><br />MEWheat

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10-31-2007, 09:21 AM
Posted By: <b>Ted Zanidakis</b><p>The 1954 Topps Gray backs are very tough....but, not as tough as the 1952 T mid-series Gray backs.<br /><br />I have only one 54T as a type card, Eddie Lopat. If I can find it I'll post a scan.<br /><br />Best regards,<br /><br />TED Z

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10-31-2007, 01:22 PM
Posted By: <b>Paul S</b><p>I don't have any '54 Topps grays.<br />'56 Topps is another story -- I have dozens of graybacks, in fact my high series is exclusively gray. Interestingly, cards numbered 1 and 2, the league presidents, one is white and the other gray.

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10-31-2007, 04:13 PM
Posted By: <b>Al</b><p>I have the 52 and 54 sets done, but had no grays. Did get a 54 recently as an example, # 30, Mathews. Would still like to get a 52 gray for inclusion with that set if anyone has one for sale

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11-01-2007, 01:06 PM
Posted By: <b>Mike C</b><p>I have 2 54 topps sets and have only 1 gray back in the #1-50 series - #30 Matthews.<br /><br />Seems like I recall a complete grayback 54 Topps set advertised set in some auction in last couple of years. But I may be mistaken.<br /><br />But I have seen some auction descriptions stating the graybacks are of Canadian issue.

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11-02-2007, 06:15 PM
Posted By: <b>Randy Trierweiler</b><p>I've known about the 1954 Topps greybacks for quite awhile. They were mentioned in Dick Gilkeson's 1989 Variation manual. I believe they were issued in Canada, and are quite rare. I think from searching hundreds of 1954s #d from 1-50, that maybe 1% are greybacks. I also believe the 1952 Topps greybacks were issued in Canada. I'm still looking for a greyback of #38 Eddie Stanky if anyone has one. Randy

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11-03-2007, 03:01 PM
Posted By: <b>John Harrell</b><p>I have three of the 54 gray backs and they are extremely difficult to find. The SCD catalog prices them at 5K for the set of 50.<br /><br />John