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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Let's try to complete a "virtual" set of 1941 Play Ball cards. Since there are only 72 in this set......
it has the distinction having one of the highest ratios of HOFers/cards of any major BB set....21%

As you all know, it was the last major BB card set issued prior to WWII. But, that did not end the
production of bubble gum trading cards. The Bowman Gum Co. (GUM, Inc.) switched to issuing a
WAR Gum series from 1941 till the end of 1942. The last card in this series depicts the battle of
Stalingrad, that ended Feb 1943 with the defeat of the Germans, at the cost of 1.5 Million lives.

OK, I will start this "set" with my Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio....so, we have 70 more cards to
show....let's see your 1941 Play Ball's.



1941 - Dec 1942 WAR GUM series



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Is it cheating if we do 12 at once?

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Posted By: Joann

The only one I own, but here it is. I like to think it's Tiger Stadium in the background. I also like the various shades of blue theme.

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Here's mine:





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Here is a trio of Dodger pitchers ...





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Posted By: Steve

1941 was such an exciting year for baseball and the World. To imagine this is the last set kids collected for nearly seven years. I don't have one myself... These have terrific artwork and except for the JJax perhaps, a long ways from the prior year's issue, as exhibited by the identical Joe D pose.

Don't be shy about posting any dupes of this last prewar set on the BST please.

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Might as well keep the family together

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here's a wrapper,not mine (wish it was!)
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Posted By: Ol' Prof

A couple of Yanks:







The prettiest card in the set (yeah, even better than Joe D.):




And a former president:

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Four great HOFers from the Hi# series......

I think we now have included scans of all the 15 HOFers in this set.

I love the Bill Dickey card, it is one of my all-time favorite BB cards.




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Old 10-25-2008, 02:53 PM
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Posted By: JimB

What a great looking set! Wish I could contribute to this thread.

Anthony, that sheet is off the charts!
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Posted By: DMcD

Absolutely love this set. Great artwork and some great ballplayers in defining images. Got some great nicknames (Gunboat Gumbert, Soupy Campbell) and three Dimaggios! Hard to pick a favorite. The Foxx is awesome. Really like the Keller. For some reason my favorite is Indian Bob Johnson, probably because it reminds me of the E90-1 Rebel Oakes "Out of the Box" image.




One of my backburner projects is to load my '41 Play Ball set to my photo site. It is presently a work in progress. A lot of the cards swiveled in the scanner and need to be re-shot so the album is "all kine hemajang" which is Hawaiian for TARFU. Anyway have a look (chance 'em): http://imageevent.com/kawika_o_ka_pakipika/bbbofsfirstclass/1941playball pw=aloha

Steve FDNY: These are my dupes. If you see anything you want let me know and I will help you out. Ask and ye shall receive. (I will move this over to the BST if anyone gets their knickers in a twist).


Um. Wow. Vintage cards, scantily-clad Dutch people, uku-zillion penguins, authentic Polynesian maidens, surfing Obama and more at . .
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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

It's good to see another Play Ball collector who has his cards in plastic sheets in an album.

Nice photos.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

The 1941 Play Ball cards were available in four different colored wax packs which included a large piece of
BLONY bubble gum. The Bowman Gum Co. changed its bubble gum's name to Bowman after WWII.

Missing here is the Yellow version, which is the toughest to find. Perhaps someone out there will provide a
scan of the Yellow wrapper. I can't seem to find mine.







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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

Somebody scanned one in a previous thread. Wasn't it a thread devoted exclusively to wrappers before it devolved into a Coke vs. Pepsi debate?

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2 error, wrong backs + upside down. both yanks!


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Posted By: Anthony N.

David- scan them with the lid open. You won't have shifting problems and they will look a lot better.

Great stuff everyone, especially the wrappers!

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

He almost was....as the Yankees offered Hank a contract when he graduated HS in the Bronx in 1929.
He turned it down, because as a 1st baseman, he knew he was just going to be a bench warmer with
the Yankees. Instead he attended NYU for a year. Three years later, after playing ball in the Minors,
he signed with Detroit.

Who knows what his career would have been like as a Yankee ?





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Someone wrote on these but I like 'em anyway!

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Posted By: Anthony N.

The '39-40 Reds were a powerful team, with some solid pitching. Here's a few of them.....

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Posted By: Jeff Schwarz

Here is the final wrapper in the quartet. This was the hardest for me to track down also. Ted, my set also is in plastic sheets! I love raw cards to hold and look at rather than the slabs.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Thanks for posting your Yellow wrapper.

And, I gotta love this statement of yours....."Ted, my set also is in plastic sheets! I love raw cards
to hold and look at rather than the slabs."

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Jeff - thanks for posting the yellow wrapper! It certainly is the hardest to find. Nice to see it.

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Posted By: DMcD

OK . . I fixed my ImageEvent Play Ball album (thanx, Anthony) and it is now presentable. Have a look.
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Pinky and Happy, the Play Ball TeleTubbies:

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Everyone remembers Tommy's famous "Strikeout" play in the 4th game of the 1941 World Series......
but, he also had a pretty good season in 1941

BA = .277
HR = 31
Runs = 106
RBI = 85

Tommy's best overall season in terms of numbers was 1948

BA = .308
HR = 25
Runs = 138
RBI = 100





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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

That is a very interesting Gomez you have......I have never seen a Hi# front (Gomez) with a Lo#
back (Moore) ? ?

I have had a number of these "wrong backs", including Joe DiMaggio....but, the front/back errors
have all been within the same series.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Babe Dahlgren is #49....and is the 1st card in the Hi# series (#49-72).

Babe Dahlgren reminds me, it's Trivia Quiz time.....

Part I
What are Babe Dahlgren and George Selkirk known for ?

Part II
That one should be easy....so, the next post will follow-up the answers to this one with a tougher quiz.





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Selkirk replaced Ruth, Dahlgren replaced Gehrig.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

OK that was easy.....now, who did Ruth and Gehrig replace ?

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Pipp and Hooper? Or Duffy Lewis?

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Anthony N - You have me drooling with those Reds, they were pretty good!
Here is my only '41 Play Ball. RC
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Ted - Thanks for starting this thread. You've given me the interest to try to find a 1941 Play Ball Hank Greenberg card in worse than horrible condition !!!

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double post - sorry.

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Alan-
Don't forget about Moe!

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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

Slightly O/T, but, as far as I have heard from his contemporaries, nobody ever referred to Morris Arnovich as "Moe". He was always called either "Morrie" or Morris. Arnovich is one of the handful of players whose grave I have paid a visit to. He's buried in the Hebrew Cemetery, Superior, Wisconsin.

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I'd always heard of him referred to as "Morrie" as well. I suspect the people designing the cards took a bit of creative license with the nicknames.

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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

Yes, there's no doubt that many vintage issues have stretched creative liberty to a near breaking point. The Play Ball sets are far from exempt in this regard! There are a couple of earlier issues which almost exclusively used improper/imaginary nicknames (and some who misspelled nearly every player's surname!). I'm sure many of you can name the sets, as I can not. It's been so long!

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

You are correct about Lou Gehrig replacing Wally Pipp at 1st base.

Try again for who Babe Ruth replaced in RF in 1920 ?


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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

Sammy Vick?

Here's a cool piece--a 1920 Yankees album page with both Ruth and Vick!

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Neat item....and yes, Babe Ruth replaced Sammy Vick in RF in 1920.

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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

So far, I count 55 different cards on display here from this set. Only 17 more to depict a complete set.....so, let's see some more ?

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from the virtual card collection Designed by Keith Conforti
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I have the whole set, but here are most of the keys to the set.







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Posted By: David McDonald

Wow!!
Stefan: Nice to see those PlayBalls as God intended them. Beautiful colors, beautiful cards. (My own set is exceedingly homely in comparison).



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Posted By: Ted Zanidakis

Some more Hi#s towards completing this virtual set....this gets us to 58 cards. Only 14 more to go....

So let's see more of your great looking 1941 Play Ball cards ?






TED Z

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Elburt Preston Fletcher and Joseph Franklin Demaree:



That makes seven to go. Who's left?

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Six more cards to add to this virtual set....five Lo#s and the 24th Hi#....Johnny Cooney.






Just 6 more cards to reach a full set 72.



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