When Gum Products, Inc. rolled out its 1941 Double Play baseball cards, the world was already in the throes of war and America was on the brink of joining in. Baseball captivated (and pleasantly distracted) the nation with two superstars stealing the show. Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games, setting the single season mark which still stand today, and Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average, a feat which no one has accomplished since. It’s no surprise that the key cards in the set feature these two Cooperstown honorees.
Each card in the 1941 Double Play set features the image of two players. Each image is numbered, resulting in 150 player images in the 75 card set. Joe DiMaggio is paired with Charlie Keller, while the Splendid Splinter is featured twice: his portrait card is paired with Jim Tabor, while his batting pose matches him with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Cronin. These three cards pace the relatively affordable set (compared to its ’41 Play Ball contemporary), which includes 34 Hall of Fame members.
The Burl’s Sports Vintage Set Break of the Week is a 1941 Double Play set that is ranges from G to EX-MT condition, with the majority of the cards falling in the VG to EX range. The top four cards in terms of book value have been graded by SGC and are as follows: 57/58 Williams/Tabor SGC Auth, 61/62 Gomez/Rizzuto SGC 50, 63/64 DiMaggio/Keller SGC 35, and 81/82 Williams/Cronin SGC 40.
Each slot in a vintage set break is sold at a fixed price. When all spots are sold, the cards are distributed randomly to the participants via random draw. Some will get the key cards for a fraction of their value, while others take home vintage commons for sets or trade bait. In order to ensure transparency, the randomization is broadcast live online for all participants to view.
The 1941 Double Play break has 75 slots available for the purchase price of $49.99 each (shipping is free). For more details on the 1941 Double Play break or to purchase slots, click here.
The Double Play break is the first in what will be a run of recently acquired sets dating from 1933-1941 (major issues) as well as 1952-1972 Topps.