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At one time, paper sheets like this one were referred to as "salesman's samples." They were, in fact, sold as a product in this form for a penny a sheet. (The hobby has first-hand accounts of youngsters buying sheets for a penny, and cutting them up with scissors, as intended.) It's likely that Gum, Inc. issued these thin-paper sheets in response to the paper drives of World War II, as cardboard quickly became a scarce wartime commodity. This approximately 9-3/8" x 10" paper sheet – holding 12 fully printed card designs – is similar in every way to Play Ball's 1941 card issue with the exception of the cardstock's composition. The paper variety is much thinner and considerably more fragile, making high-grade specimens especially desirable. The offered sheet features half of the 24 subjects known to exist in this form; it includes card #'s 13 through 24. This sheet is highlighted by #'s 13 Jimmie Foxx, 14 Ted Williams, 15 Joe Cronin, 18 Hank Greenberg, 19 Charles Gehringer, 20 Charles Ruffing and 21 Charles Keeler. The sheet presents at the NM level with just small amounts of additional wear to the corners (affecting Foxx and Keller), a trace of excess color in Foxx’s background field, and a smaller-than-hairline wrinkle straddling the border between the Williams and Cronin depictions. A great display piece, with exceptional visual appeal!
1941 Play Ball "Paper Version" Uncut Sheet of 12 Card Designs – Featuring Six HOFers, Including Williams, Foxx, Greenberg and Ott
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