I've recently purchased a half-dozen Play Ball's over the last week, one in worse condition than the next.
When I saw this Goose Goslin I had mixed emotions. Is a baseball card a poor old baseball card even if it has the top quarter torn completely off?
I own plenty of cards that have been torn but taped back together. Just look at my last post. But this piece is just flat out gone. The more I think about it the more I really don't care.
This card seems to have as much character as any, maybe even more. Plus it's more than 70 years old. And it's a Play Ball, one of the most underrated sets ever.
And as a bonus I was reading the ad underneath the PLAY BALL logo on the card's back.
It reads: Coming! That Smashing, Crashing Hero, friend of millions. SUPERMAN. This great card gum series will soon be at your dealer's store. Ask for it.
As a kid in 1940 it must have been a tough choosing between baseball and Superman.
I think the SUPERMAN text is a slightly rarer version.
Nice choice and would be happy to have that Mr. Goslin for a Play Ball set!
Bob Lemke did some research on the back variations last year:
1940 Play Ball Superman Backs
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