1941 Play Ball Baseball Cards

1941 Play Ball Baseball Cards



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1941 Play Ball Baseball was the line's third and final installment before World War II halted the production of cards and severely curtailed gum production. When the war ended, Gum, Inc. resurfaced as the Bowman Gum Company and began its card production anew. That made it one of few pre-war card makers to release cards after the war as well.

At 72 total cards and designated as R336 in the American Card Catalog, 1941 Play Ball Baseball is the smallest of the three sets. However, its aesthetic appeal was improved by having the cards printed in color. This makes it more widely collected than either the 1939 or 1940 sets. In essence, 1941 Play Ball Baseball cards are a colorized version of their 1940 counterparts, except for the fact that the ornate banner with baseball gear has been replaced with a more subdued example containing the player's name and often a nickname. It also happens that many players are shown using the same photographs from that of the 1940 offering.

Incorporating color into the card's design wasn't the only thing that made them stand out; it's the way that color was used. Backgrounds are vivid and sometimes multi-colored. Shadows and perspective are shown. It was a combination of the Art Deco design that made 1934-36 Diamond Stars stand out and the comic art of 1938 Goudey so timeless.

The card backs are similar to the other Play Ball sets, with a lengthy biography. A caption at the bottom reads: "Watch for other famous sports stars, famous fighters, tennis players, football heroes, etc. in this series." The set seems to have been intended as part of a larger "Sports Hall of Fame" set, but the other cards never surfaced. Any cards that are missing that caption simply contain an ad for Blony gum. There are some 1941 Play Ball cards that are printed on paper rather than cardboard. It has been speculated that these cards were part of a promotion.

1941 Play Ball Baseball features a number of stars and Hall of Fame players,with the big three being Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Hank Greenberg. Other players of note include; Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Carl Hubbell, Chuck Klein and Mel Ott. The set also features the rookie-year card of Pee Wee Reese. One notable characteristic of the set, is that it is the only major baseball card issue to feature all three of the DiMaggio brothers (Joe, Dom and Vince). Of the three Play Ball sets, this is perhaps the easiest to complete because of its small number of total cards. In addition, the second series, card #'s 49-72 are only slightly more difficult to locate than those of the first series.

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1941 Play Ball #10 Floyd Arky Vaughan - Pirates HOF
$49.00

1941 PLAY BALL "INDIAN BOB" JOHNSON #22 * Philadelphia Athletics
$24.99

1941 PLAY BALL "BUCK" McCORMICK #5 * Cincinnati Reds
$24.99

1941 Play Ball 27 Babe Young EX
$28.00

1941 Play Ball #14 Ted Williams - Reprint
$6.00

1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio - Reprint
$8.00

1941 Play Ball Michael Pinky Higgins #35 Tigers VG Condition 3986
$14.95

1941 Play Ball John Cooney #50 Boston Braves VG Ex Condition 3996
$19.95

Mel Ott New York Giants HOF 2003 Upper Deck 1941 Play Ball Insert #R-7 A17
$9.99

1941 PLAY BALL EDDIE MILLER # 1 FIRST CARD IN SET
$24.85

1941 Play Ball Baseball Card, #58, Frank Demaree, Boston Braves, VG!
$17.49

1941 Play Ball Babe Young # 27
$11.50

1941 Play Ball Joe Marty # 28
$7.99

1941 Play Ball Frank "Blimp" Hayes # 41
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1941 Play Ball Dutch Leonard # 24
$7.99

1941 Play Ball Buddy Lewis # 47
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Featuring 72 cards
1 Eddie Miller
 2 Max West
 3 Bucky Walters
 4 Duke Derringer
 5 Buck McCormick
 6 Carl Hubbell
 7 Harry Danning
 8 Mel Ott
 9 Pinky May
 10 Arky Vaughan
 11 Debs Garms
 12 Jimmy Brown
 13 Jimmie Foxx
 14 Ted Williams
 15 Joe Cronin
 16 Hal Trosky
 17 Roy Weatherly
 18 Hank Greenberg
 19 Charlie Gehringer
 20 Red Ruffing
 21 Charlie Keller
 22 Bob Johnson
 23 George McQuinn
 24 Dutch Leonard
 25 Gene Moore
 26 Harry Gumbert
 27 Babe Young
 28 Joe Marty
 29 Jack Wilson
 30 Lou Finney
 31 Joe Kuhel
 32 Taft Wright
 33 Al Milnar
 34 Rollie Hemsley
 35 Pinky Higgins
 36 Barney McCosky
 37 Soupy Campbell RC
 38 Atley Donald
 39 Tommy Henrich
 40 Johnny Babich
 41 Frankie Hayes
 42 Wally Moses
 43 Al Brancato RC
 44 Sam Chapman
 45 Elden Auker
 46 Sid Hudson RC
 47 Buddy Lewis
 48 Cecil Travis
 49 Babe Dahlgren
 50 Johnny Cooney
 51 Dolph Camilli
 52 Kirby Higbe RC
 53 Luke Hamlin
 54 Pee Wee Reese RC
 55 Whit Wyatt
 56 Vandy Vander Meer RC
 57 Morrie Arnovich
 58 Frank Demaree
 59 Billy Jurges
 60 Chuck Klein
 61 Vince DiMaggio RC
 62 Elbie Fletcher
 63 Dom DiMaggio RC
 64 Bobby Doerr
 65 Tommy Bridges
 66 Harlond Clift RC
 67 Walt Judnich RC
 68 Jack Knott
 69 George Case
 70 Bill Dickey
 71 Joe DiMaggio
 72 Lefty Gomez
1941 Play Ball Ted Williams

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1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio Wrong Back SGC 50 = 4
$949.00

1941 Play Ball Frank Demaree PSA EX-MT 6
$80.75

1941 Play Ball Gene Moore PSA EX-MT 6
$80.75

1941 Play Ball #28 Joe Marty Phillies Ex PSA 5
$34.99

1941 Play Ball 70 Bill Dickey PSA 4 (5299)
$205.00

1941 Playball Baseball #14 Ted Williams SGC 30 Good 2 Play Ball 28158
$420.00

1941 Play Ball #3 Bucky Walters PSA 5
$22.94

1941 Play Ball #32 Taft Wright PSA 7 OC
$38.00

1941 Play Ball #43 Albert Brancato PSA 5
$22.50

1941 Play Ball #44 Sam Chapman PSA 5
$12.94

1941 Play Ball #51 Dolph Camilli PSA 5
$28.88

1941 Play Ball #14 Ted Williams PSA 3 Boston Red Sox
$700.00

1941 Play Ball #52 Walter Higbe PSA 7 Brooklyn Dodgers
$250.00

2014 HA ORIGINALS 1941 PLAY BALL GRAIG NETTLES AUTO 33 100 PSA DNA MINT 9 NICE
$49.99

Tommy Henrich 2014 Historic Autographs 1941 Play Ball Yankees PSA DNA 7 Auto 20
$69.99

1941 Play Ball #54 Pee Wee Reese PSA 6 Y5086
$1,060.00
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  1. i have a 1941 vintage ted williams #10 outfielder with the boston red sox i want to sell email me at joe.cuellar68@yahoo.com

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