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    1936 World Wide Gum Joe DiMaggio #51 SGC 84 NM 7 - Highest Grade Available. "Joe DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw," contemporary diamond legend Ted Williams once told reporters. DiMaggio had a career which cannot be summed up purely in numbers and awards. He had an impact on society as well as baseball history. Perhaps only Babe Ruth could match Joltin' Joe for pure notoriety, and certainly not since Ruth's retirement had a player garnered the sort of adulation that DiMaggio claimed both on and off the playing field. Though intensely private, his marriage to Marilyn Monroe only brightened his star, and further solidified his status as one of the most recognizable figures of twentieth century America. In 1936, as a rookie out of the Pacific Coast League he would reserve a place with his team at the World's Champions table, acquiring his first taste of Fall Classic cuisine. It would be a meal he would savor ten more times in his career.

    DiMaggio made few appearances on cards in '36, but none are as rare and significant as his Canadian World Wide Gum rookie card. For the DiMaggio specialist or the vintage card aficionado, this is a monumental addition without comparison. Graded 84 NM 7 from the conservative judges at SGC, this is a card well worthy of the "high end" adjective. The horizontal centering is teasingly close to precise, vertical centering is 50/50. Surfaces are close to immaculate, and only very slight wear to the two right corner tips suggests the fact this rookie card entry of one of baseball's premier players has passed the three-quarter of a century mark. This example rests alongside an additional pair of equal quality examples within the population records. The three (assuming no resubmission occurred) stand as the finest recorded examples known to date, with little worry of ever being topped. The reverse resonates quality. The printing is a bold, fully legible strike, the text translated into French to confirm its Canadian origins. Once a card of this importance and quality is acquired, it will not see the public auction circuit for some time, if ever. This is a rare chance to acquire what must be one of the top 500 all-time baseball cards the hobby has to offer.


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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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