Wow! Those 1956 Shredded Wheat cards and 1959 Wheaties cards you have look nice and white from the above pictures! Are they really that white? I've found that thethe cardboard stock used for the 1956 Shredded Wheat cards in particular has a nasty tendency to yellow/tone which I hate. (When it comes to cards I'm tough on corners and toning, but I'm easy on centering.)
I started to collect the 1956 Wheaties cards about twenty years ago but since I was finding so very few of the Shredded Wheats (or 1959 Wheaties) that were up to my quality standards, I abandoned the effort. Since both these sets were slightly "before my time", I don't remember these cards from the schoolyard so I have basically no nostalgia for either set which dramatically lessens my compulsion to accumulate them.
What really soured me on the 1956 Shredded Wheat set though was that an older fellow who saw an ad I was running in the late nineties in the Canadian Sportcard Collector magazine dropped into my office around the turn of the century with fifty to sixty of the Shredded Wheats that he said he'd gotten out of the boxes when they were issued and just put them away. Well they were all toned to different shades of tan! Why would they have been all so different if they were stored together, unless the cardboard stock on which they were printed was of very irregular quality/consistency? Of course the fellow could have been lying about being the original owner....
Moreover the fellow turned out to be completely unrealistic/impossible. First of all he wanted the full NM price from the Charlton guide for every one of the cards, and like I say they were all toned to various degrees. A few also had dinged corners. Now I might have selected four or five of his whitest cards, but he called that "cherry picking" and didn't want to sell me just a few! (And it's not as if I was going to pick out the "stars", just the cards that came the closest to my NM standards.)
So in effect he wanted me to take the whole lot with every card priced at the high guide price! When I asked him what I was supposed to do with the cards I didn't need/want for my own collection, he replied that he assumed I'd sell them to my contacts among other collectors. So in effect he wanted me to take all the cards off his hands at full price, and then play the dealer with other collectors hoping to break even on the lot. "So you're expecting me to put up the cash up front, yet do the job of selling your cards for you?" I said. He agreed that, yes, he expected precisely that.
Meanwhile for the whole lot I was willing to pay no more than about $30 per card.No deal of course. The outrageous of his proposal still makes me mad whenever I think back about it.