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Card # 46 Helmar This Great Game
Player Position Team
Roger Maris Leaning in Cleveland Indians
Top Auction Price Total Sold Avg # Bids Avg # Bidders Last Sold
$ 73.89 19 9 6 April 10, 2024

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: Scouts don’t usually find gold in the hills of North Dakota, but Roger Maris has proved to be a valuable commodity so far in his big league career. Growing up in Fargo, Roger was a standout athlete in high school, not only in baseball. Once, in a big football game against a rival school, Maris returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a national record that still stands. Maris was lured to the University of Oklahoma by a football scholarship, but quickly realized baseball was a better occupation and left college to pursue his professional career. The Indians signed him and within three years the lefthanded pull hitter helped Indianapolis to the Junior World Series title, on his way to the majors.

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, Cleveland Indians
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
2WYNN, EarlyFull figure throwing$ 46.00
5FELLER, BobThrowing follow through$ 80.56
41DOBY, LarryBatting follow through$ 76.55
46Maris, RogerLeaning in$ 73.89
59Avila, BobbyLeaning on bat, chest up$ 76.55
62Carrasquel, ChicoBatting follow through$ 66.55
67Easter, LukeBat on shoulder$ 67.55
70Garcia, MikeSet position$ 76.55
76Jones, SamBuilding, glove up$ 72.50
100Rosen, AlLooking to throw$ 102.50
102Score, HerbBuilding, glove, ball$ 76.55
105Trouppe, QuincyGear; catching crouch$ 76.00
106Wertz, VicBuilding; bat cocked$ 69.00
131Colavito, RockyMitt at shoulder, hand inside$ 0.00


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Helmar This Great Game #46 Roger Maris Cleveland Indians
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