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Card # 25 This Great Game 1960s
Player Position Team
Hoyt WILHELM (HOF) Leaning throw California Angels
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$ 50.00 3 6 4 April 10, 2024

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About the Player

A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: If anyone has ever tried to catch a knuckleball, they know how scary it can be. But that’s nothing compared to trying to hit one for a living. Major league batters are groaning in unison at the flutterball tosses of Wilhelm, a tall, lanky righty from tobacco country in North Carolina. Hoyt taught himself to throw the knuckleball after seeing a poster of the old knuckle master Dutch Leonard. But knowing how to grip the pitch is only one part of the task, and Wilhelm was helped by his long fingers and large hands. As a result of his freak digits, Hoyt is able to secure his knuckler and cast it toward home plate with near perfect non-rotation. Most batters are spellbound to see a baseball floating at them with absolutely no spin. The results are usually in the favor of Mr. Wilhelm and his team.

About the Series

Helmar continues to delight as the This Great Game franchise roars into the 1960’s! This can only be described as a startling, groundbreaking issue. This Great Game, the 1960’s takes no prisoners—every effort has been made to leave collectors in awe. This is no overstatement. Sanjay Verma, master of the gouache miniature, returns to create more of his special brand of magic with the player portraits. The front card design has been carefully crafted to have that familiar 1960’s feel—without being a stogy derivative of graphic roads thoroughly mined. Player selection is typically Helmar in that the nearly forgotten are celebrated alongside immortals. What is possible with card backs, normally designed as after-thoughts, have been completely reimagined in a way that makes them just as important as the fronts.  The formation of the backs recognizes that the 1960’s were of time of upset, re-thinking, revolt. In art we celebrated (or endured) Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. But what did we tack up on our walls? Black light posters—gaudy, bold and scandalous. This series isn’t just imaginative—it is visionary! 2.7" x 4.75", thick stock.

 

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This Great Game 1960s, California Angels
Card #Thumbnail PicPlayer NamePositionTop Auction Price
1Reichardt, RickBat on shoulder$ 22.00
25WILHELM, HoytLeaning throw$ 50.00
26Morton, BubbaChest up portrait$ 50.00
217Cardenal, JoseStanding, glove at thigh$ 0.00


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This Great Game 1960s #25 Hoyt WILHELM California Angels HOF
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