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Card # 30 Helmar This Great Game
Player Position Team
Ralph KINER (HOF) Multiple bats Chicago Cubs
Top Auction Price Total Sold Avg # Bids Avg # Bidders Last Sold
$ 40.11 12 7 4 August 23, 2022

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: Ralph claims he hits home runs to earn a big contract so his mother can retire from her nursing job. Kiner’s mom has raised him on her own since Ralph’s dad passed away when he was four years old. Ralph has received batting tips from Pirate legend Honus Wagner and teammate Hank Greenberg, who suggested Kiner hold his bat closer to his rear shoulder. Kiner hits so many circuit blows now the Pirates have dubbed left field “Kiner’s Korner,” upgrading it from “Greenberg’s Gardens.”

About the Series

This series marks a step in a new direction for Helmar. For the first time we take a serious look at baseball in the 1950's and then, perhaps, the 1960's. The game found itself changing dramatically in this post WWII era, influenced by both the larger society and technological innovation. The color barrier may have been officially broken in 1947 but the acceptance of black players by the big league clubs came slowly, if surely. Reliable and inexpensive air transportation paved the way for geographic expansion. The game, which had been centered in the East and Midwest, found new opportunities along the West Coast.

The very center of the baseball world through the decade was New York City. New York teams competed in every World Series through the decade except for 1959. In many of those years both teams competing were from the city. Interestingly, New York also became the center of the art world at the same time. Migration after WWII brought many creatives to the Big Apple and movements such as abstract, modernism, surrealism and avant-garde.

Studying the era has inspired Helmar to use bold, often surreal colors in this series. We hope that you will join us as we explore this era of change.

Card size: 3' x 4'

Individually Numbered 1-20

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Helmar This Great Game, Chicago Cubs
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
10BANKS, ErnieBatting stance$ 62.10
30KINER, RalphMultiple bats$ 40.11
63Conners, ChuckGlove at belt, hand in glove$ 128.05
101Sauer, HankLooking to right shoulder$ 63.89


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Helmar This Great Game #30 Ralph KINER Chicago Cubs HOF
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Final prices include buyers premium: $11.00
Estimate: $26.00 - $40.00
Number Bids:1

This is a recent, hand-made art card by HELMAR. If you are unfamiliar with Helmar, please read about the series on our website.

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