When the Hunter Packing Company of East St. Louis, Missouri commenced with a new promotional campaign by issuing two trading cards of Cardinal players per hot dog carton, our consignor, a young teenager from Taylorsville, Illinois took note. The rabid Redbird fan heeded the advertising counsel on the boxes which read Kids! Cut Out and Save These Cards! Collect them. Trade them. Enter the Big Hunter Baseball contest. What ensued was a summer long mission of collecting the 13 boxes needed for a complete set, cataloging his finds and submitting the entire package for company review. On September 11, 1953, a verdict was reached through a company letter and the young man was awarded second prize! His bounty included tickets to the 9/16/53 Cardinals vs. Dodgers game (Campanella’s 41st HR to cap off MVP season), an autographed Cardinals ball and photo and a check in the considerable sum of fifteen dollars. As fortune would hold, during the pre-game ceremony his labor of love was returned by company officials to his possession.
The offered 1953 Hunter Wieners St. Louis Cardinals complete set of (26) cards is the first known complete set offered for public sale! This monumental package has survived the decades in remarkable condition and attests to our consignor’s lifelong ardor for his beloved Cardinals. The spiral bound book with red plastic binding includes the single-page notification letter on company letterhead with stapled check and an additional correspondence letter. A typed checklist precedes the contents that include (26) individual player pages complete with full names, typed biography and statistics along with mounted slots for each card. The cards were each expertly extracted from the hot dog boxes and stored with great care. Despite uniform creasing through the middle of the cards (some of which do not protrude the surfaces), uniformly clipped/rounded corners and other general wear, the set presents much nicer than when individual samples are infrequently encountered. None of the cards are glued or have any mounting residue. Keys include: Musial, Schoendienst and Slaughter, although each card is nearly impossible to locate in any condition. Perhaps the finest regional card collection ever assembled with a charming personal touch! This item has a reserve. Estimated value: ($7,500-20,000+).