1934-36 Batter Up Baseball Cards

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball Cards

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A hybrid baseball card release that could also act as an interactive display piece, 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball is a rather odd set with a minimal design, two different card sizes and multiple color variations. Given their intended purpose to be folded into a stand, high grades remain tough to find, but the die-cut vintage set still sees strong interest from collectors.

Part of the National Chicle lineup, 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball cards were designed with kids in mind. The simple card has a die-cut portion that can be folded down in half and seemingly bring the stars of the league to life. Of course, many kids were all too happy to play a game with their favorite players, folding and even tearing away the die-cut area. This has resulted in a premium for high grade examples.

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 64 Dizzy Dean1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 144 Jimmie Jimmy Foxx

Another thing that makes 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball peculiar is the card sizing among the 192 cards. The first 80 cards in the set, released in 1934, measure 2-3/8" by 3-1/4", while the remaining cards (#81-192) were available in 1935 and 1936 and are slightly shorter at 2-3/8" by 3". These smaller cards are also more difficult to find in mint condition. All the Batter Up cards are officially designated as R318.

Featuring a very basic design, the 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball card fronts include a black-and-white photo with a small text area in the bottom corner. This includes the "BATTER-UP" brand name, as well as the player's name, team, position and the card number. The series releases have slightly different text areas, with the most noticeable difference being that the low series cards feature a white background and have what appears to be hand-written numbers. Also, the low number cards tend to only list the player's last name. The card backs for both versions are blank.

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 57 Hank Greenberg Blue 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 28 Jimmie Jimmy Foxx red 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 38 wilson purple

While the 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball cards themselves are on the plain side outside of the die-cut, multiple color tints give the 192-card set more depth and offer an early chance for a collecting rainbow. In addition to the standard black tint, each player in the larger first series has red, brown, blue, purple and green versions. The high number cards come in black, brown, blue and green.

The 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball checklist does contain a good mix of Hall of Fame names from the era, including Jimmie Foxx, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby, but represents another instance where a few big names were left out. In addition to the absence of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig was not featured due to his deal with Goudey.

One final notable aspect in 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball is the multi-player cards. Only found among the high numbers, three cards display two players on the same card, with die-cuts for both. Both players are also specifically noted as well.

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 115 Ivy Andrews Bottomley

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1934-1036 BATTER-UP PIE TRAYNOR PIRATES HOR 'ER
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1934-36 Batter-Up Earl Averill #24 - Indians - Fr Pr - CS5307
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1934 -36 Batter Up #13 Cissell Boston NO Creases!
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1934 -36 Batter Up #74 Fullis Phillies NO Creases!
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1934-36 Batter-Up Rare High # 157 Lloyd Waner - HOF - Pittsburgh Pirates - NM
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1934-36 Batter-Up Rare High # 160 Steve O'Neill - Cleveland Indians - NM+
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1934-1936 Batter-Up Wally Berger #1 VG EX
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1934-36 R-318 BATTER UP RED ROLFE # 22 !!
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1934 Batter-Up #14 Pie Traynor Hall Of Famer Rare Vintage Pittsburgh Pirates
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1934 Batter-Up #33 Frank Frisch Hall Of Famer Rare Vintage St. Louis Cardinals
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1934 Batter-Up #34 Al Simmons Hall Of Famer Rare Vintage Chicago White Sox
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1934 Batter-Up #22 Red Rolfe R318 National Chicle Rare Vintage New York Yankees
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1934 Batter-Up #36 Ted Lyons R318 National Chicle Rare Vintage Chicago White Sox
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1934 Batter-Up #10 Rick Ferrell R318 National Chicle Hall Of Fame Boston Red Sox
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1934 Batter-Up #24 Earl Averill R318 National Chicle Hall Of Fame Clev Indians
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1934 Batter-Up #2 Ed Brandt R318 National Chicle Rare vintage card Boston Braves
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Key Cards

Key 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball Cards

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#144 Jimmie Foxx

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 144 Jimmie Jimmy Foxx

#64 Dizzy Dean

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 64 Dizzy Dean

#153 Lefty Grove

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 153 Lefty Grove

#35 Rogers Hornsby

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 35 Rogers Hornsby

#149 Moe Berg

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 149 Moe Berg

#57 Hank Greenberg

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 57 Hank Greenberg Blue

#117 Bill Dickey

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 117 Bill Dickey

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1934 Batter Up Set # 13 Bill Cissell Red Sox NM+ SGC 86
$400.00

1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #14 Pie Traynor SGC 7 (84) NM
$46.00

1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #15 Roy Mahaffey SGC 2 (30) GOOD
$5.50

1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #20 Bob Johnson SGC 7 (84) NM
$6.50

1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #21 Arky Vaughan SGC 4 (50) VGEX
$15.50

1934-36 R318 Batter-Up #32 Joe Cronin SGC 6 (80) EXMT
$9.38

1934-36 Batter up Bill Terry #6 HOF SGC 40 VG 3
$25.00

1934-36 Batter-Up #33 Frankie Frisch SGC 82 ExMt+ 6.5 St. Louis Cardinals
$249.99

1934-36 Batter-Up #100 Pie Traynor SGC 60 EX 5 Pittsburgh Pirates
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1934-36 Batter-Up #14 Pie Traynor SGC 60 (Black variety). Appears to be NM-MT
$495.00

JIMMY FOXX 1934-36 BATTER UP # 144 SGC 88 8 NM MINT!!
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WILLIS HUDLIN 1934-36 BATTER-UP #48 SGC 35 2.5 CLEVELAND INDIANS NAPS AMERICANS
$19.99

ODELL HALE 1934-36 BATTER-UP #112 SGC Authentic CLEVELAND INDIANS NAPS AMERICANS
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WES FERRELL 1934-36 BATTER-UP #12 SGC 55 4.5 CLEVELAND INDIANS NAPS AMERICANS
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1934-36 R-318 BATTER UP AL SIMMONS SGC 40 !!
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1934-36 Batter-Up #15 roy Mahaffey SGC 20 Fair 1.5 Philadelphia A's
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Set Checklist

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball Set Checklist

1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 64 Dizzy Dean 1934-36 Batter Up Baseball 144 Jimmie Jimmy Foxx

Low Number
1 Wally Berger
2 Ed Brandt
3 Al Lopez
4 Dick Bartell
5 Carl Hubbell
6 Bill Terry
7 Pepper Martin
8 Jim Bottomley
9 Tommy Bridges
10 Rick Ferrell
11 Ray Benge
12 Wes Ferrell
13 Bill Cissell
14 Pie Traynor
15 Roy Mahaffey
16 Chick Hafey
17 Loyd Waner
18 Jack Burns
19 Buddy Myer
20 Bob Johnson
21 Arky Vaughn
22 Red Rolfe
23 Lefty Gomez
24 Earl Averill
25 Mickey Cochrane
26 Van Mungo
27 Mel Ott
28 Jimmie Foxx
29 Jimmy Dykes
30 Bill Dickey
31 Lefty Grove
32 Joe Cronin
33 Frankie Frisch
34 Al Simmons
35 Rogers Hornsby
36 Ted Lyons
37 Rabbit Maranville
38 Jimmie Wilson
39 Willie Kamm
40 Bill Hallahan
41 Gus Suhr
42 Charlie Gehringer
43 Joe Heving
44 Adam Comorosky
45 Tony Lazzeri
46 Sam Leslie
47 Bob Smith
48 Willis Hudlin
49 Carl Reynolds
50 Fred Schulte
51 Cookie Lavagetto
52 Hal Schumacher
53 Doc Cramer
54 Si Johnson
55 Ollie Bejma
56 Sammy Byrd
57 Hank Greenberg
58 Bill Knickerbocker
59 Billy Urbanski
60 Ed Morgan
61 Eric McNair
62 Ben Chapman
63 Roy Johnson
64 Dizzy Dean
65 Zeke Bonura
66 Firpo Marberry
67 Gus Mancuso
68 Joe Vosmik
69 Earl Grace
70 Tony Piet
71 Rollie Hemsley
72 Fred Fitzsimmons
73 Hack Wilson
74 Chick Fullis
75 Fred Frankhouse
76 Ethan Allen
77 Heinie Manush
78 Rip Collins
79 Tony Cuccinello
80 Joe Kuhel
High Number
81 Thomas Bridges
82 Clinton Brown
83 Albert Blanche
84 "Boze" Berger
85 Goose Goslin
86 Vernon Gomez
87 Joe Glen
88 "Cy" Blanton
89 Tom Carey
90 Ralph Birkhofer
91 Frank Gabler
92 Dick Coffman
93 Ollie Bejma
94 Leroy Earl Parmalee
95 Carl Reynolds
96 Ben Cantwell
97 Curtis Davis
98 Billy Webb, Wally Moses
99 Ray Benge
100 "Pie" Traynor
101 Phil. Cavarretta
102 "Pep" Young
103 Willis Hudlin
104 Mickey Haslin
105 Oswald Bluege
106 Paul Andrews
107 Edward A. Brandt
108 Dan Taylor
109 Thornton T. Lee
110 Hal Schumacher
111 Minter Hayes, Ted Lyons
112 Odell Hale
113 Earl Averill
114 Italo Chelini
115 Ivy Andrews, Jim Bottomley
116 Bill Walker
117 Bill Dickey
118 Gerald Walker
119 Ted Lyons
120 Elden Auker
121 Wild Bill Hallahan
122 Freddy Lindstrom
123 Oral C. Hildebrand
124 Luke Appling
125 "Pepper" Martin
126 Rick Ferrell
127 Ival Goodman
128 Joe Kuhel
129 Ernest Lombardi
130 Charrles Gehringer
131 Van L. Mungo
132 Larry French
133 "Buddy" Myer
134 Mel Harder
135 Augie Galan
136 "Gabby" Hartnett
137 Stan Hack
138 Billy Herman
139 Bill Jurges
140 Bill Lee
141 "Zeke" Bonura
142 Tony Piet
143 Paul Dean
144 Jimmy Foxx
145 Joe Medwick
146 Rip Collins
147 Melo Almada
148 Allan Cooke
149 Moe Berg
150 Adolph Camilli
151 Oscar Melillo
152 Bruce Campbell
153 Lefty Grove
154 John Murphy
155 Luke Sewell
156 Leo Durocher
157 Lloyd Waner
158 Guy Bush
159 Jimmy Dykes
160 Steve O'Neill
High Number (cont'd)
161 Gen. Crowder
162 Joe Cascarella
163 "Bud" Hafey
164 "Gilly" Campbell
165 Ray Hayworth
166 Frank Demaree
167 John Babich
168 Marvin Owen
169 Ralph Kress
170 "Mule" Haas
171 Frank Higgins
172 Walter Berger
173 Frank Frisch
174 Wess Ferrell
175 Pete Fox
176 John Vergez
177 William Rogell
178 "Don" Brennan
179 James Bottomley
180 Travis Jackson
181 Robert Rolfe
182 Frank Crosetti
183 Joe Cronin
184 "Schoolboy" Rowe
185 "Chuck" Klein
186 Lon Warneke
187 Gus Suhr
188 Ben Chapman
189 Clint. Brown
190 Paul Derringer
191 John Burns
192 John Broaca

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1934 Batter-Up Joe Heving #43 PSA Fair 1.5 P166
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1934 Batter-Up #25 - Mickey Cochrane - PSA 6 -- Detroit Tigers HoF (mikedenero)
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1934 Batter-Up 52 Hal Schumacher PSA 5 (6160)
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1934 Batter-Up 3 Al Lopez PSA 3 (4110)
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1934 Batter-Up 188 Ben Chapman PSA 3 (4408)
$100.00

1934 Batter-Up 89 Tom Carey PSA 3 (4417)
$95.00

1934 Batter-Up 152 Bruce Campbell PSA 4 (4375)
$105.00

1934 Batter-Up 80 Joe Kuhel PSA 5 (1291)
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1934 Batter-Up 12 Wes Ferrell PSA 4 (3419)
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1934 Batter-Up 156 Leo Durocher PSA 6 (8051)
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1934 Batter-Up - Lloyd Waner - PSA 5 -- Pittsburgh Pirates HoF (mikedenero)
$175.00

1934 Batter-Up Set #162 Joe Cascarella PSA 5
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1934 Batter-Up 48 Willis Hudlin PSA 4 (6383)
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1934 Batter-Up #77 Heine Manush Senators Hall of Fame PSA 2 MUST SEE RARE!
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1934 BATTER-UP #28 JIMMIE FOXX PSA 1.5 MK (2386)
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1934 Batter-Up #105 Oswald Bluege PSA 5 Senators
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