1938 "Baseball Tabs" Collection (49) Including Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1061

Item Year: 1938

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Presented is a substantial collection of forty-nine (thirty-seven different) 1938 "Baseball Tabs," featuring a variety of players and teams on .75-inch diameter metal tabs. This collection is highlighted by thirteen Hall of Famers among the twenty-two player tabs, including Joe DiMaggio, Dizzy Dean, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig. Similar to pins, these metal tabs feature an extension at the sides that is meant to be folded over a lapel or pocket edge so that the tab can be displayed on a jacket or shirt. The player tabs feature a black-and-white portrait of the player with his name printed underneath. The team tabs feature the name boldly printed in the center with the city and league printed underneath. Both types of tabs are designed with the seams of a baseball in the background, providing the appearance that the tab is a colorfully designed baseball. Overall condition of the tabs in this collection is Vg-Ex, with just one example missing one side tab and one example missing both side tabs. This is an incredibly substantial collection of this issue, highlighted by an impressive selection of Hall of Famers. Total: 49 tabs. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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