Heartland March 2020 Auction
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“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” -Ted Williams

Ted Williams exploded onto the baseball scene in 1939 with a flash and ferocity at the plate that wouldn’t end until 1960. During his rookie season, he drove in an AL best 145 runs, finished second in home runs, hit .327 and finished behind Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, and Bob Feller for fourth in the MVP balloting. The brash, hard-hitting rookie had everyone on the field and in the stands talking about what is still considered to be baseball’s most perfect swing.

One Of The Hobby’s Great True Rookie Cards

Williams 1939 rookie card remains one of the most iconic and celebrated of all rookie cards thanks to the authenticity of the image portrayed on the card. The image chosen by Play Ball for Williams’ inaugural card captures baseball in its purest form in 1939. The rookie outfielder demonstrates his swing in classic style, but upon further inspection, the realities of the game, just two years prior to America’s entry into WWII, help us understand the game and the mentality of the time. Unlike many modern, posed “perfect portrait” cards, Williams’ rookie carries the grit of the pre-WWII game. Upon closer inspection, Williams uniform pants are heavily soiled and wrinkled. Harsh midday sunlight flattens the photo quality. The reality of the game wasn’t hidden or romanticized in shots like this one. Baseball as you’d see it played in every big league park across the land, was on display for the world to see.

Enduring Demand For High Grade Williams Cards

This Williams rookie is as sharp as the hitter it features. To the naked eye, the cards appears immaculate. Under the intense magnification used at the grading table, minor, minor imperfections are visible, hence the grade of 8.5 rather than MINT 9 or GEM MINT 10. But at a lofty NM-MT 8.5, this card gleams. The borders are as clean and white as newly fallen arctic snow. The card’s surface is free from visual defects and the printing is error free. Williams bigger than life persona, the fact he was the last hitter to reach .400, and his status among the game’s greats ensures his card values will continue to steadily increase—particularly his rookie card. This example is one of the finest, if not THE finest Williams Rookie Card we have ever seen. Expectations are high for this card, so we recommend placing your bids early, so you’ll be ready when extended bidding begins.

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams Rookie #92 SGC 8.5 NM-MT+
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