Saturday, December 1, 2007

1947 Tip Top Bread

The only example I can find of a White Sox card for this set is a signed reprint card, so here it is. A signed reprint card of Ralph Hodgin. It doesn't really do this set justice, but it will have to do. If I get a picture of an actual card, I'll do another posting.

The 1947 Tip Top Bread set is spectacular in a number of ways. The set is one of the few to come out right after WWII, when everything was being rationed for the war effort. The set is also known for its sheer number of obscure players, many of who played during the WWII era, where a lot of star players were overseas. They weren't scabs, but with most of the stars fighting in the war, there were obvious holes to fill on these teams.

This card set was also known for the first cards of Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. The 1947 Tip Top Bread set consisted of 15 cards each of the Braves, Browns, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox and Yankees. There were also 14 cards each of The Dodgers and Pirates. So without further ado, let's see what 15 cards are here for the White Sox.
  • Floyd Baker
  • Earl Caldwell
  • Loyd Christopher
  • George Dickey
  • Ralph Hodgin
  • Bob Kennedy
  • Joe Kuhel
  • Thornton Lee
  • Ed Lopat
  • Cass Michaels
  • John Rigney
  • Mike Tresh
  • Thurman Tucker
  • Jack Wallasca
  • Taft Wright

According to Beckett, all 15 White Sox cards are short printed. So, good luck finding any that aren't reprints. One day, I may pick the reprints up. For now, I think I'll hold out hope that an original will pop up on eBay that I can swoop in on and grab cheaply. One can dream, can't they?

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