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    1936 World Wide Gum Joe DiMaggio #51 SGC 84 NM 7 - Pop Three, One Higher! "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.

    Graded SGC 84 NM 7. This is a card well worthy of the "high end" adjective. The horizontal centering is teasingly close to precise. This example rests alongside an additional pair of equal quality examples within the population records. The three (assuming no resubmission occurred) stand among the finest recorded examples known to date with one rated higher. 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. 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.


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    May, 2020
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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