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1928 Harry Heilmann Lucky Strike Trolley Car Sign
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,770.00
Beautiful high-grade Lucky Strike trolley card advertising sign of Harry Heilmann, one of five signs issued in this classic series. In the late 1970s a hoard of about fifty "Lucky Strike" signs surfaced. Most top-grade examples, including this one, originate from that single find. Harry Heilmann may well be the most overlooked Hall of Famer in the game. He is overlooked by many collectors simply because of the years he played (1914-1932), as he arrived in the majors after the popular 1910 tobacco era and he had retired by the time Goudey started issuing cards in 1933. The "Lucky Strike" sign declares Heilmann the "World's Leading Batter," in honor of his Major League-leading .398 batting average in 1927. Heilmann is one of the few batters ever to hit .400 (.403 in 1923). He led the American League in batting on four occasions, topping the .390 mark each time. In 1927, if Heilmann had collected just one more hit during the season, he would have hit .400 for a second time. Very small corner creases in upper left and lower right, otherwise in Nr/Mt condition. Dimensions: 11 x 20 inches. Framed. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,770.00
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