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1939 to 1966 Exhibits Collection (366) Including 106 Hall of Famers!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,560

Presented is an extremely substantial collection of 366 Exhibits cards spanning the years 1939 to 1966 and highlighted by more than one hundred Hall of Famers and stars, including Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle. The bulk of this collection consists of cards from the 1947-1966 series, from which 223 different cards (representing two-thirds of a complete set) are included. Issued by the Exhibit Supply Co. of Chicago over a period of twenty years, the 1947-1966 Exhibits set is loaded with Hall of Famers, stars, and other key cards that make it one of the most comprehensive sets of the era. It is also one of the most overlooked and has received far less attention than it deserves. Exhibit cards were traditionally sold for one penny each, from vending machines placed at arcades and amusement parks for more than four decades (from 1921 to the 1960s).

This collection consists of the following: 1) 1939-1946 Salutation Exhibits (29 cards): 25 different (out of 83 in a complete set). Condition is five Ex, seventeen Vg to Vg-Ex, and seven lesser. Keys: Boudreau/sm. proj. (Ex), DiMaggio (Gd), Feller/pitching (Vg-Ex), Gordon/Cleveland (Vg-Ex), Greenberg/truly yours (Vg), Mize/made in USA, left (Gd+), two Williams/lg. proj. (Ex and Vg-Ex+), and Williams/sm. proj. (Gd). 2) 1948 Baseball's Great Hall of Fame Exhibits (22 cards): 22 different (out of 33 in a complete set). Comprised of the following: Chance (Vg-Ex), Clarke (Pr), Cobb (Fr-Gd), Cochrane (Vg+), Evers (Vg), Frisch (Vg+), Griffith (Vg), Grove (Vg), Hubbell (Ex), Jennings (Vg), Johnson (Vg), Lajoie (Vg), Mack (Vg+), McGraw (Vg+), Plank (Ex), Sisler (Vg-Ex), Speaker (Ex), Tinker (Ex), Waddell (Ex+), Wagner (Ex+), Walsh (Ex), and Young (Gd). 3) 1947-1966 Exhibits (233 cards): 223 different (out of 336 in a complete set). Condition is 34% Ex (including some better), 47% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 19% lower (including thirty with marks and one trimmed). Keys: Aaron (Ex), Aparicio/portrait (Ex), Appling/with “An Exhibit Card” (Vg-Ex), Ashburn/Cubs (Ex), Banks/bat on shoulder, plain sig. (pencil on back, otherwise Ex), Y. Berra/made in USA, right (Ex), Campanella (Ex+), Clemente (Vg-Ex), Doby/”An Exhibit Card” scratched out (Ex), Doerr/”An Exhibit Card” left (measures small, otherwise Vg+), Drysdale/glove at waist (pencil on back, otherwise Ex), Drysdale/portrait (Ex), Ford/pitching (Ex), Fox (Ex), Herzog (Vg-Ex), Hodges/”B” on cap (Vg+), Hodges/”LA” on cap (Vg-Ex+), Kaline/portrait with two bats (Ex), Kell (Ex), Killebrew/with bat (Ex), Kiner (Gd), two Lemon/glove not visible (Vg-Ex and Vg), Mantle/waist-up, “ck” in “Mickey” connected (ink mark on back, otherwise Vg+), Maris (Ex), Mathews/name incorrect (Ex+), Mathews/name correct (Fr), Mays/batting (Vg+), Mays/portrait (pencil on back, measures small, otherwise Ex), Mazeroski/batting (pen on front, otherwise Ex), Mazeroski/portrait (Ex+), Musial/made in USA (Ex), Newhouser (Vg-Ex+), Reese/fielding, ball partially visible (pencil on back, otherwise Vg-Ex+), Reese/fielding, ball not visible (Vg-Ex+), Rizzuto/lg. proj., with “An Exhibit Card” (Vg-Ex), Roberts/black sig. (Vg-Ex), Roberts/white sig. (Vg-Ex+), B. Robinson (Ex), F. Robinson (Vg-Ex+), J. Robinson (Vg+), Santo (Ex), Schoendienst/batting (Ex), Schoendienst/fielding, name in red-brown (Pr), two Slaughter (Vg and pencil on back, otherwise Vg+), Snider/”B” on cap (Ex), Snider/”LA” on cap (Vg+), Spahn /”B” on cap (Vg+), Spahn/”M” on cap (Vg+), B. Williams (Vg+), Brooklyn Dodgers 1949 (Gd), Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 (Gd+), New York Yankees 1949 (Vg-Ex), New York Yankees 1950 (pencil on front, otherwise Gd), New York Yankees 1951 (Vg-Ex), New York Yankees 1955 (Gd+, and New York Yankees 1956 (Vg). 4) 1962 Statistic Back Exhibits (27 cards): 24 different (out of 32 in a complete set). Includes eight red backs (five different). Condition is ten Ex, eleven Vg to Vg-Ex, and six lesser (including three with marks). Keys: Aparicio (Ex), Aparicio/red back (pencil on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), Berra/red back (Vg+), Cepeda/red back (Vg), Ford (Gd), Killebrew (Vg-Ex+), Killebrew/red back (pencil on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), Koufax (Vg-Ex+), Maris/red back (Vg+), Mays/red back (Vg), Musial (Vg-Ex+), and Spahn (measures small, otherwise Vg+). 5) 1963 Statistic Back Exhibits (55 cards): 54 different (out of 64 in a complete set). Condition is 36% Ex, 51% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 13% lesser. Keys: Aparicio (Vg-Ex+), Banks (Vg+), Cepeda (Vg), Drysdale (Vg), Ford (Vg-Ex), Fox (Ex), Kaline (Pr), Killebrew (Vg-Ex), Koufax (Fr), Mantle (Fr), Mathews (Pr), Mazeroski (Ex), F. Robinson (Gd+), Santo (Ex), Spahn (Fr), and B. Williams (Vg).

Exhibit cards in general, in our opinion, represent a particularly outstanding collecting value. This is an extremely sizable collection of Exhibit cards, with countless highlights, of note as a collection due to the number of different cards, but also with a naturally great "break value" if desired because of the high concentration of Hall of Famers. Total: 366 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,560

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