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COLOR ENHANCED

PLAY BALLTHREW COLLECTORS A CURVE WITH ITS 1941 SET

IN 1941, MOST OF THE COUNTRY WAS FIXATED ON WORLD WAR II. WITH TERROR AND TRAGEDY ENGULFING SO MUCH OF THE WORLD, BASEBALL CARDS, EXPECTEDLY, WERE PLACED ON THE BACK BURNER.

Card issues had dried up after a 1930s’ boom with Goudey leading the charge during that time period. By 1940, few cards were being produced and the war is viewed as a primary reason why. Goudey issued one final baseball set in 1941 before calling it quits and a company called Gum, Inc. had control of the baseball card market. The Gum, Inc. name might not sound too familiar but most vintage collectors have heard of the Play Ball sets the company produced from 1939 through 1941. The final Play Ball set was issued well before the Bowman sets of the late 1940s, but they did help bridge the gap between the pre-war and post-war gum card issues.

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