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Card # 42 Helmar This Great Game
Player Position Team
Roy Face Holding ball Pittsburgh Pirates
Top Auction Price Total Sold Avg # Bids Avg # Bidders Last Sold
$ 52.76 12 7 3 August 23, 2022

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: None other than Warren Spahn, grandad of National League hurlers, says of Elry Face: “He has the guts of a lion.” A little man on the mound, Face strikes fear in batters when he enters a contest with the outcome uncertain. His trademark pitch, the forkball, was taught to him by Joe Page, who wound down his career tossing a few innings from the bullpen for the Buccos. Page showed Face how to grip the ball, how to throw it, and when to use it. Elroy has done the rest, making himself a giant (although not in actual inches) among league relievers.

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, Pittsburgh Pirates
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
20CLEMENTE, RobertoChest up, looking left $ 228.25
26MAZEROSKI, BillBatting stance$ 85.00
42Face, RoyHolding ball$ 52.76
72Groat, DickBat on shoulder$ 76.55


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Helmar This Great Game #42 Roy Face Pittsburgh Pirates
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Final prices include buyers premium: $11.00
Estimate: $29.00 - $53.00
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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