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1940 and 1941 Play Ball Wrappers (2)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
Presented is an extremely attractive pair of wax wrappers, one from each of the 1940 and 1941 Play Ball gum-card sets. Produced by Gum, Inc., of Philadelphia, Play Ball cards have always been considered among the all-time classic baseball-card sets and are the premier card issues of their era. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Bruce Yeko's Wholesale Cards company offered 1939 Play Ball wrappers in its catalogs. Yeko, who was one of the most legendary of all early baseball-card dealers, somehow secured a quantity of 1939 wrappers, but he had no 1940 or 1941 Play Ball wrappers. This is why the 1939 wrapper is more readily available than 1940 or 1941, both of which are quite rare. Several different color variations exist for both 1940 and 1941 Play Ball wrappers. 1) 1940 R335 Play Ball one-cent wax wrapper. Red and white design featuring a generic ballplayer advertising "baseball stars and stories." Flattened and in overall Excellent condition with normal fold lines visible. 2) 1941 R336 Play Ball one-cent wax wrapper. Green and white version advertising two cards for a penny. Flattened and in overall Excellent condition with normal fold lines visible. Each wrapper has tremendous display value and presents exceptionally well. Superb companions to any complete Play Ball set or additions to an advertising or wrapper collection. Total: 2 wrappers. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711
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