1941 Double Play Baseball Cards
Three companies issued national card sets in 1941 and each was unique. In the case of Double Play cards, they featured two players on every card. They were produced by a Massachusetts-based company called Gum Products, Inc., which was a different company from Philadelphia-based Gum, Inc. (which later took the name Bowman). This similarity in names has caused a little confusion among hobbyists over the years.
There are 150 player pictures spread out over 75 cards. Cards numbered 1-79 and 101-150 are arranged horizontally and feature portrait shots, while 80-100 are arranged vertically with full-body action shots. The fronts feature sepia-toned black-and-white photos of two players from the same team. There is a short biography below each picture as well as a card number. The cards are blank-backed.
Double Play was the largest set issued in 1941 in terms of the number of players, which gives collectors a nice chance to pick up players who didn't appear in earlier sets. Pee Wee Reese has a rookie card in the set and early cards of players like Phil Rizzuto, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Mize are included as well. Due to the two-player format, some cards feature a pair of Hall of Famers. However, the format also led kids to simply cut the cards apart, which destroys their overall value.
1941 Double Play Baseball Card Checklist
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