Circa 1950s Ralph Kiner APBPA Lifetime Membership Card

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1671

Item Year: 1950

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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"Life Membership" card issued to Ralph Kiner by the Association of Professional Ball Players of America (APBPA). The gold metallic card, numbered 1046, features the organization's colorful logo to the left of Kiner's engraved name. The name of the Association's secretary, "Win Clark," appears in the lower left corner. (Clark was a former major league player with Louisville in 1897; he died in 1959.) The Association of Professional Ball Players of America is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1924 to provide financial assistance to professional ballplayers, as well as scouts, umpires, or even clubhouse attendants who are in need. Today, the organization's membership numbers over 11,000. The card (4 x 2 inches) displays minor wear, including a few light scratches, and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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