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Card # 40 Helmar This Great Game
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Joe DiMAGGIO, Ted WILLIAMS Together Multiple
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$ 153.50 11 10 7 2022-12-07T02:48:31

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: One hails from the north on the shores of San Francisco Bay, the other comes from sunny southern California, in San Diego. One is a righthanded slugger with a short, compact stroke. The other is a tall lefthanded slugger with the most beautiful swing in the game from that side. One is the son of a Italian fisherman, the other was raised by his mother, who spent her life giving her time to the poor of her city. Differences aside, both of these boys from the Golden State are superstars in the American League, playing for east coast teams in heralded ballparks. The record books will need to be expanded by several pages to accommodate the feats of Joltin' Joe and The Kid.

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 #40 Joe DiMAGGIO, Ted WILLIAMS Multiple HOF
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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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