Saturday, March 23, 2019

NY Giants Vintage Pick Ups

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.


  1. Somebody's out there spending the big bucks! Great cards though. At some point I'd like to own a card from both of these sets too.

    1. Believe it or not, I picked up the Dark Berk Ross card for under $7 and the 4 Double Play cards for a total of under $20.

  2. There are some nice 70's & 80's odd sets that feature player photos from way back when. That takes a lot of the pricey pricey ones down a bit.I have a Hubbell I picked up today I'll be showing next week.

  3. Love the pose on that 52 Berk Ross Alvin Dark! That's a great looking card. I had to look up that Jackie Robinson you mentioned... but that thing is gorgeous too.

  4. Great Alvin Dark card! I like the "Short Stop" designation.

  5. Nice Berk Ross! I just grabbed three of the Play Balls myself for like $3/each. Not as good shape as yours but they're a lot of fun.