1935 Zeenut PCL Joe DiMaggio

Sold For: $3,259

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 466

Item Year: 1935

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely pleasing technically low-grade example of this significant rarity that is one of the all-time great baseball cards: Joe DiMaggio's second-year card. This card was issued in the 1935 Zeenut series of Pacific Coast League players. Joe DiMaggio, of course, first made his debut in professional baseball with the San Francisco Seals of the PCL, and he appeared on Zeenut cards in both 1934 and 1935. This is his 1935 throwing-pose card, the second baseball card ever issued of DiMaggio, years before he joined the Yankees. (On his 1934 Zeenut card DiMaggio is featured batting.) One of the interesting aspects of DiMaggio’s Zeenut cards is the spelling of his name. When DiMaggio joined the San Francisco Seals team, the local newspapers inadvertently misspelled his name “DeMaggio” (with an "e") and that misspelling, which was repeated often, appears on all of his Zeenut cards. Despite the modest grade, this is an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic and sought-after of all Joe DiMaggio cards. The card has some minor creases, and the two upper corners are slightly rounded. As is usually the case with Zeenuts, the coupon at the bottom of this card has been neatly clipped away, as intended, to be redeemed for valuable prizes. This is a very significant and rare Joe DiMaggio card in extremely desirable modest grade, providing a relatively affordable alternative to a far more expensive high-grade example. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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