My article this week will be in two parts; first, we'll start off with WG-1 Baseball playing cards then jump into a series of Wheaties focusing on many years and different types.
First off. The 1888 WG-1 Baseball Playing Cards. This little known set of playing cards features drawings of real baseball players in action poses and was issued in 1888 and includes members of all National League teams. The cards were sold as a set, measuring 2 ½" x 3 ½" and have a blue on blue lathe work pattern on the back. The 72 card set is now valued at $90,000. All Phillies in the set are valued at $900.00 each. They are Ed Andrews, Charles Bastian, Dan Casey, Jack Clements, Sid Farrer, Jim Fogerty, Arthur Irwin, Joseph Mulvey and George Wood. A key player from the Phillies was missing and would have brought a premium is Kid Gleason. Why he was overlooked, I do not have an answer for that. But even putting the Phillies set together will be quite pricey, even without him.
Now, onto the Wheaties cards.
The first Wheaties was not actually a set at all, but a book entitled "Babe Ruth Shows You How to Hit Home Runs". It's a flip book and when the pages are flipped it shows the motion of hitting a home run. It measures 1 3/4" x 2 ½".
The 1933-1934 Wheaties set was the first true set produced by Wheaties and it covered two year of issue. The one Phil in the set was Chuck Klein, whose card is valued at $80.00. This was a mail in offer for Wheaties, which measure 3 ¼" x 5 3/8". Next week I will start with the Wheaties cutouts which started in 1935.
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