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Lot # 1326 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1936-1940 Wheaties Joe DiMaggio Collection (4)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $420

Collection of four different Wheaties cards of Joe DiMaggio, spanning the years 1936 to 1940. These four cards are all among the earliest cards featuring DiMaggio as a major leaguer!. Beginning in the 1930s, Wheaties issued package-design baseball cards on the backs of its cereal boxes, which were intended to be hand-cut from the boxes by youngsters. These were very difficult to collect back in the 1930s (imagine getting just one card per box of cereal)! This collection consists of the following (assigned grades are without respect to the neatness of the cutting): 1) 1937 - Series 6 "How to Star in Baseball": #11 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex). 2) 1937 - Series 7 "How to Play Winning Baseball": #29I DiMaggio (Gd/Vg, pencil on reverse). 3) 1937 - Series 9 "Color Series": DiMaggio (SGC EX+ 70, highest graded). 4) 1940 - "Champs of the USA": #2B DiMaggio/Ott/Vines (Nr/Mt). Wheaties Cereal box panels are among the most beautiful, interesting, and substantial cards of the era and also represent one of the best values of all cards from the 1930s. The fact that these had to be hand-cut from cereal boxes (and therefore tend not to receive numerical grades from grading companies due to extremely irregular cuts) and the fact that they are large cards make many modern graded-card collectors shy away from Wheaties, but these cards have always been held in high esteem by advanced collectors and by any measure they are one of the classic issues of the 1930s. This is an outstanding collection of early Joe DiMaggio cards from the unusual, scarce, and underrated 1930s Wheaties sets. Total: 4 cards.


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