1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Baseball Cards
The 1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Set, was produced from 1950 to 1956 and sold at the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and at many ballparks. Each of the unnumbered cards measured 1 3/4" by 2 1/2", and came in a boxed set. When first produced in 1950, the 1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Set contained 60 cards (58 HOFers to date and Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx who were inducted that year). In addition a "Museum" card was added as the top card in the box which appeared in different variations during the sets multi-year run.
New cards were added each year as players were enshrined into the Hall of Fame. The cards that were added after 1950 are harder to find and considered short-prints. The later the year a player was enshrined in the Hall of Fame, the harder the card is to find. This has caused a significant rise in value for those cards. One additional card, Albert Happy Chandler, was only issued in the 1950 first printing and was replaced in later printings by new mlb commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. In this case, Chandler's card is considered the more valuable SHORT-PRINT (SP) and Landis is the more common issue.
Dean's Cards considers the first 60 card printing to be a complete 1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Set. The exception to this is the Kenesaw Mountain Landis card referenced above replaces Happy Chandler's rarer card to complete the 60 card standard set. Including the later HOFers added, however, the 1950 Callahan Hall of Fame Set has a possible 82 different cards (80 players and 2 museum cards). There are also several variation cards in circulation. The most expensive star card is of Joe DiMaggio, who was not inducted until 1955.
By Dean Hanley
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