1939 Play Ball (R334) Baseball Cards
The 1939 Play Ball Baseball Card Set contains 161 cards measuring 2 1/2" x 3 1/8". 1939 Play Ball cards feature a black and white player photo on the front of the card. The backs have extensive bios in black text on tan card stock.
Interestingly, card #126 was never issued so the set has 161 cards, even though it is numbered to #162. There are known variations regarding how player names listed on the back for #'s 2-115. Differences are whether the name is in all capital letters or not. These variations don't command a premium, and most collectors don't bother collecting both versions of the cards.
Play Ball Cards #'s 1-115 are sometimes found in "Sample" versions. These include a red overprint on the back reading, "FREE SAMPLE CARD, GET YOUR PICTURES OF LEADING BASEBALL PLAYERS....AT YOUR CANDY STORE".
Some of the key Hall-of-Famers for this issue include the: 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams, #7 Bobby Doerr, #26 Joe DiMaggio, #30 Bill Dickey, #50 Charlie Gehringer, #51 Mel Ott, #53 Carl Hubbell, #56 Hank Greenberg and #143 Earl Averill.
By Dean Hanley