1933 Delong Baseball Cards
Combining a memorable design with a large number of superstars, 1933 Delong Baseball was a home run of a baseball card set. Unfortunately it was the only one the company ever issued.
The cards measure 2 inches by 3 inches, which is slightly smaller than today's standard baseball card, but they were taller than most 1930s gum sets. Not only did they stand out physically, the design featured a black and white action shot placed inside a miniature ballpark. This gave an illusion of the player being larger than life. Many collectors consider this one of the most attractive sets of the era. Most cards are vertically oriented, but two players (Pepper Martin and Lefty Grove) are featured horizontally, which make their cards seem more panoramic.
Card backs feature a playing tip by Boston-area sportswriter Austen Lake, in addition to a card number, some brief statistics and a Delong ad.
The set is small - 24 cards - but 15 of its players would go on to become Hall of Famers. As a result, the cards are very attractive to collectors. The biggest one of all is Lou Gehrig, whose card accounts for much of the set's value.
Key 1933 Delong Baseball Cards:
1933 DeLong #24 "Goose" Goslin SGC 80 EX NM
1933 Delong Al Simmons Chicago White Sox psa 5 #2 ex
1933 DeLong Pepper Martin #17 PSA VG+ 3.5 CS82
1933 LOU GEHRIG DELONG reprint GEM MINT 10
1933 Delong Baseball Card Checklist
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