There I was, surfing the web, when I saw her, a red tinged beauty; she looked disorderly, wild. I knew she was trouble but couldn't turn away....OK, I'm no Raymond Chandler but we do have a Marlowe sized mystery on our hands today folks.
I was recently pulling images of uncut 1952 Topps panels together for my April Fools Day post about salesman samples when I came across one that blew up my basic understanding of how the landmark 1952 set was issued. It's been assumed by everybody and anybody that the six series were issued like this, with one appearing every month or so beginning in late February or early March:
- The first 80 cards can be found with black or red backs. (thanks, Capt. Obvious!)
- Panels of 25 or fewer cards have been seen.
- A mostly complete proof sheet exists of the 2nd series, showing 50 different subjects.
- The 3rd series can be found, rarely, with gray backs in addition to the far more common white.
- The 6th series has three double prints.