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    1937 O-Pee-Chee Joe DiMaggio #118A SGC 88 NM/MT 8 - Pop One, Two 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. 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 as his '37 O-Pee-Chee card. For the DiMaggio specialist or the vintage card aficionado, this is a monumental addition without comparison. Graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8 from the conservative judges at SGC. Surfaces are close to immaculate, the fragile die-cut lines are completely intact as are the delicate perforation points that attached this card to another. The reverse resonates quality. The printing is a bold, fully legible strike, the text translated into French to confirm its Canadian origins. Corners show only very slight wear at the outer tips. There is basically nothing to suggest the fact that this entry of one of baseball's premier players has passed the three-quarter of a century mark. This example rests alongside none at this grade level, somehow an additional pair stand as the finest recorded examples known to date. Once a card of this importance and quality is acquired, it will not see the public auction circuit for quite 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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