The 1940s saw a rather sparse issuance of baseball cards, with seven major sets produced.
Card production in the early 1940s was quite slow, which some blame on the lack of supplies (particularly paper and gum). However, things started to return to more normalcy in 1948, following the end of World War II.
Although there were fewer sets produced in the 1940s, the era still produced some of the most beautiful sports cards of all time. And some, in my opinion, represent the most important cards in the hobby.
I will cover each set by discussing player and set specifics and fun facts for cards; going over the top cards from each set; critiquing set and card aesthetics, and commenting on recent market values for certain cards and grades using PSA’s population reports.
What’s your favorite set from the 1940s? Let me know in the comment section below.
During this interview, Ted was excitedly rambling on about the science behind hitting and all the variables at play, while Tony was nodding along with a perplexed expression, almost like he was wondering what the hell this old-timer was talking about.
I love movies about baseball and there are three movies specifically where I can remember a cameo for three big-time vintage baseball cards.
The movies: “Needful Things”, “The Sandlot”, and “The Lou Gehrig Story”.
I know there are others but these are the ones that stand out vividly for me. In fact, I wonder if anyone had the cards slabbed and maybe even identified as actually being on film; because, if so, I’m sure the cards would probably garner a big premium.
Usually, the more things a card has going for it — grade, scarcity, popularity, career success, iconic stories — the more ways value may be seen in the market. Even cards that have been a collection of popular figures have shown to sell for more at auction.
Let’s dig into the three movies.
And if you’ve spotted a vintage card in a movie, let us know in the comments at the end of this article!
Like any burgeoning industry, entrepreneurs have launched into action, attempting to pick up the slack from some of the biggest grading companies.
One new entrant – Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG) which is backed by a successful comics and coin grading company launched this past February and is headed by a few former high-ranking card graders from Beckett.
Does CSG have what it takes to compete against PSA?
Disrupting any of the top three grading companies (PSA, SGC, and Beckett) would be a monumental task, but I think CSG at least has a fighting chance to become a major player in the space. Their team of experienced card graders and success in other grading verticals gives them a higher probability of success. In my mind, probably the fiercest competitor we’ve seen in a long time.
Let’s explore CSG the company in more detail and discuss some of the reasons they may or may not be successful with their card grading venture.
Note that I did reach out to CSG multiple times to try and arrange an interview, but no one responded.
While the bulk of my card collecting and writing on All Vintage Cards is focused on older cards, I admittedly have had the urge to buy some modern cards while shopping at Target or Walmart in the past.
However, when I went to Target recently to pick up some household items, I was disappointed to find the shelves that used to hold sports cards galore completely barren. So I set out to find the truth.
Can you still buy sports cards at Walmart or Target?
Unfortunately, it’s much harder today to find sports cards at Walmart or Target, as they both have suspended the selling of many sports and trading cards. They still sell some sports cards in-store and online, however, there is a huge variation in availability based on your specific location.
For this All Vintage Cards Large Cap Value Hockey Portfolio we have selected ten cards, each with a value of $3000 or greater.
Note that these selections are based on what we perceive as ‘relative’ value in the marketplace, meaning that we think these cards offer a good value versus other comparative cards.
I will also note that this information is not investment advice, nor are we making any promises in relation to future performance. Please use your own judgment and budget when accounting for any acquisitions of cards in this portfolio.