One of my 2019 goals is to pick up some vintage era NY Giants baseball cards. Outside of the top rookies and the high number 1952s, I have a majority of the Bowman and Topps cards so part of the fun in my quest is seeking out cards from sets that aren't represented in my collection and in most cases cards I haven't seen in person before. I have cards from two such sets that I thought I would share.
First up is the 1941 Double Play set. I picked up 4 of the Giants cards from this set.
The 1941 Double Play set consists of 75 cards and each card features 2 players - hence the double pay name. Each player is given a separate number so there are 150 subjects in the set. The cards measure 2 1/2" by 3 1/8" and have a blank-back. These were issued and distributed by Gum Products. There are 9 Giants cards in the set so I am almost halfway to the team set. Cards 81-100 have action photos while the rest showcase portraits. Of the remain cards, 2 feature HOF Mel Ott and 1 features HOF Carl Hubbell so finishing the team set will most likely be a little pricey.
The second set to share today is a pick up from 1952 Berk Ross. I picked up 1 card from this set.
The 1952 Berk Ross sets consists of 71 cards. It is pretty New York heavy with 19 Yankees, 18 Giants and 7 Dodgers. No other team has more than 4 cards. These cards are unnumbered and measure 2" by 3". The fronts closely resemble the 1951 Bowman set in my opinion. For the Giants team set, the Willie Mays is really the only super high valued card. Once again I am glad I am not a vintage Yankees collector as the Mantle is super high and there are also pricey cards of Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra. There is a nice looking Jackie Robinson card that is pretty spendy as well.
If you have some recommendations for some reasonably priced pre-1958 sets I should be looking for drop me a comment. I am having fun exploring some new sets.