1941 Play Ball Paper Uncut Sheet (#1-12)

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1082

Item Year: 1941

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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The 1941 Play Ball paper set was issued in uncut sheets of twelve cards per sheet. Two sheets comprise the complete set, representing twenty-four different card designs. Presented is one sheet, featuring the first twelve cards in the standard 1941 Play Ball set. The cards are identical in all respects to the regular 1941 Play Ball cards but are printed on paper-thin stock. Originally sold for a penny a sheet, they were intended to be hand-cut into individual cards by youngsters. Play Ball issued cards in this manner for a very short time, as an experiment in response to the scarcity of paper supplies during WWII. The need to conserve scarce resources such as paper during the war soon resulted in Gum, Inc., ceasing card production during the balance of the war years. This sheet includes Hall of Famers Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, and Arky Vaughn. This twelve-card sheet represents half of the complete set of this unusual and rare wartime series, in its original uncut form. The sheet is bright, crisp, and clean, both front and back. Excellent condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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