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Card # 43 Helmar This Great Game
Player Position Team
Elston Howard Looking left New York Yankees
Top Auction Price Total Sold Avg # Bids Avg # Bidders Last Sold
$ 52.00 12 7 5 August 23, 2022

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: A good coach can bring out the best in a ballplayer, and Elston Howard was fortunate to wander in the path of a good coach. When the Yankees hired Wally Moses, the former AL flychaser, to be their hitting coach, he was asked to work with all the young hitters. But Wally’s work with Howard has drawn the most praise. Moses convinced Ellie to place his feet closer together, shorten his swing, and focus his head on the ball. Oh boy, has that worked well! Howard has become the brightest young hitter at the catcher position in baseball, and with the pinstripes on his uniform, he’s sure to be playing late into the fall every season.

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, New York Yankees
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
1McDougald, GilFull figure batting$ 34.00
7RIZZUTO, PhilBunting$ 63.10
9FORD, WhiteyTossing ball$ 118.66
12MIZE, JohnnyLeaning forward, catching $ 38.00
34BERRA, YogiAt bat$ 100.00
35BERRA, Yogi; FORD, Whitey; MANTLE, Mickey;Together$ 149.39
43Howard, ElstonLooking left$ 52.00
45MANTLE, Mickeytwo bats$ 206.50
52Reynolds, AllieWind-up$ 79.60
54Skowron, Moosebatting follow through$ 61.00
60Baur, HankBatting follow through; building$ 87.50
77Larsen, DonElbow up, glove$ 79.00
79Martin, BillyKneeling with bat$ 152.50
107Woodling, GeneSide view batting; building$ 71.00
122DiMAGGIO, JoeEnd of swing$ 306.50
123Raschi, VicOrange sky$ 90.00


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Helmar This Great Game #43 Elston Howard, participated in 10 World Series New York Yankees
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Final prices include buyers premium: $26.40
Estimate: $36.00 - $52.00
Number Bids:5

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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