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 Wrapper (Green) -- Outstanding Condition
$1,350.00
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Play Ball 1941 Edward Robert Miller Baseball Card #1
$30.00
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1941 Play Ball 1 Edward Miller Boston Red Sox G-VG
$19.99
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1941 Play Ball 15 Joe Cronin Boston Red Sox HOF
$27.49
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1941 PLAY BALL # 38 ALTLEY DONALD NEW YORK YANKEES ORIGINAL EX+
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 59 BILL JURGES NEW YORK GIANTS ORIGINAL VG
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 66 HARLAND CLIFT ST. LOUIS BROWNS ORIGINAL EX
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1941 PLAY BALL # 67 WALT JUDNICH ST. LOUIS BROWNS ORIGINAL VG
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 62 ELBIE FLETCHER PIRATES ORIGINAL EX
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 50 JOHNNY COONEY BOSTON BRAVES ORIGINAL VG
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 64 BOBBY DOERR BOSTON RED SOX ORIGINAL GD
$15.50
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1941 PLAY BALL # 41 FRANK BLIMP HAYES ATHLETICS ORIGINAL GD
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 56 JOHNNY VANDER MEER CINCINNATI REDS ORIGINAL
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 33 HAPPY MILNAR CLEVELAND INDIANS ORIGINAL GD
$14.99
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1941 PLAY BALL # 35 PINKY HIGGINS DETROIT TIGERS ORIGINAL EX
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1941 PLAY BALL # 36 BARNEY McCOSKY DETROIT TIGERS ORIGINAL EX
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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 236x300 Image

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2014 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS 1941 PLAY BALL MERRIL MAY AUTO PHILLIES PSA
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2014 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS 1941 PLAY BALL KIRBY HIGBE AUTO DODGERS PSA
$39.95
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2014 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS 1941 PLAY BALL ATLEY DONALD AUTO YANKEES PSA
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2014 HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS 1941 PLAY BALL HARRY DANNING AUTO GIANTS PSA
$34.95
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1941 Play Ball #72 Lefty Gomez (HOF) PSA 8 NM-MT, Only 3 Graded Higher, Gorgeous
$1,199.00
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1941 Play Ball #45 Elden (Eldon) Auker SGC 96 MINT 9, Browns 1 of 1, None Higher
$1,299.00
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1941 Play Ball #18 Hank Greenberg (HOF) SGC 96 MINT 9 Tigers 1 of 1, None Higher
$3,999.00
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1941 PLAY BALL "BILL" DICKEY SGC 50 VG EX 4 NEW YORK YANKEES #70
$148.50
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1941 Play Ball #54 Pee Wee Reese HOF PSA 4 baseball card BV $360
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1941 Play Ball #43 Albert Bronk Brancato PSA 7 NM Philadelphia Athletics
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PSA EX 5 1941 PLAY BALL ARKY VAUGHAN #10
$179.00
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1941 Play Ball #30 Lou Finney BVG 4
$20.00
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1941 Play Ball #58 Frank Demaree BVG 5
$40.00
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1941 Play Ball #27 Babe Young BVG 4.5
$25.00
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1941 Play Ball #34 Rollie Hemsley BVG 4
$25.00
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1941 Play Ball #50 Johnny Cooney BVG 5
$40.00
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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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