|Card #149/150 - Debs Garms/Elbert Fletcher|
One of three national baseball card sets issued during 1941, before World War II halted most baseball card production for several years, the 1941 Double Play set was unusual in that its cards featured two players instead of one. The cards were produced by Gum Products, Inc.of Massachusetts, which was a different company than Philadelphia-based Gum, Inc; however, the similarity in names has caused confusion in the hobby. 150 player pictures (but only 110 different players) are represented on 75 cards, as shown in the checklist below.
|Card #93/94 - Babe Young/Cliff Melton|
The full cards measure 2 1/2" by 3 1/8". Fronts feature sepia-toned black and white photos of two different players from the same team, against a white background that also serves as the border. Below each picture is a short biography and statistical information, as well as the card number (each player has his own individual number). The cards are blank-backed.
Most cards are arranged horizontally, like the example card featured above. Cards numbered 81 through 100 feature action shots of the players and are vertically oriented, appearing tall and thin. All players featured in action photos are also found with portrait cards.
Most of the stars of the era can be found in this set, but there are quite a few lesser-known players featured as well. Since production of baseball cards was essentially halted through the Second World War, a large number of major leaguers never had the chance to appear on a baseball card; some who played just before the war managed to get on one card, which can be found in this set. A lot of team collectors focus on this issue as a result. Also noteworthy here is a rookie-year card of Pee Wee Reese.
One of the most important things to point out to potential collectors of these cards: although these cards are designed to look like there are two separate cards, there was no perforation provided to separate them. If the two cards are cut apart, their value is greatly diminished. Several cut specimens are auctioned and sold with a note that it was "common" for the cards to be cut apart. Whether or not that is true, no card in this set is considered complete unless intact. That said, for many collectors, cards that have been clipped offer a great way to collect the set inexpensively until entire cards can be found.
1/2. Larry French/Vance Page 3/4. Billy Herman/Stanley Hack 5/6. Linus Frey/John Vander Meer 7/8. Paul Derringer/Bucky Walters 9/10. Frank McCormick/Bill Werber 11/12. Jimmy Ripple/Ernie Lombardi 13/14. Alex Kampouris/John Wyatt 15/16. Mickey Owen/Paul Waner 17/18. Harry Lavagetto/Harold Reiser 19/20. Jimmy Wasdell/Dolph Camilli 21/22. Dixie Walker/Ducky Medwick 23/24. Harold Reese/Kirby Higbe 25/26. Harry Danning/Cliff Melton 27/28. Harry Gumbert/Burgess Whitehead 29/30. Joe Orengo/Joe Moore 31/32. Mel Ott/Babe Young 33/34. Lee Handley/Arky Vaughan 35/36. Bob Klinger/Stanley Brown 37/38. Terry Moore/Gus Mancuso 39/40. Johnny Mize/Enos Slaughter 41/42. John Cooney/Sibby Sisti 43/44. Max West/Carvel Rowell 45/46. Dan Litwhiler/Merrill May 47/48. Frank Hayes/Al Brancato 49/50. Bob Johnson/Bill Nagel 51/52. Buck Newsom/Hank Greenberg 53/54. Barney McCosky/Charley Gehringer 55/56. Pinky Higgins/Dick Bartell 57/58. Ted Williams/Jim Tabor 59/60. Joe Cronin/Jimmy Foxx 61/62. Lefty Gomez/Phil Rizzuto 63/64. Joe DiMaggio/Charley Keller 65/66. Red Rolfe/Bill Dickey 67/68. Joe Gordon/Red Ruffing 69/70. Mike Tresh/Luke Appling 71/72. Moose Solters/John Rigney 73/74. Buddy Meyer/Ben Chapman 75/76. Cecil Travis/George Case 77/78. Joe Krakauskas/Bob Feller 79/80. Ken Keltner/Hal Trotsky 81/82. Ted Williams/Joe Cronin 83/84. Joe Gordon/Charley Keller 85/86. Hank Greenberg/Red Ruffing 87/88. Hal Trotsky/George Case 89/90. Mel Ott/Burgess Whitehead 91/92. Harry Danning/Harry Gumbert 93/94. Babe Young/Cliff Melton 95/96. Jimmy Ripple/Bucky Walters 97/98. Stanley Hack/Bob Klinger 99/100. Johnny Mize/Dan Litwhiler 101/102. Dominic Dallessandro/Augie Galan 103/104. Bill Lee/Phil Cavaretta 105/106. Lefty Grove/Bobby Doerr 107/108. Frank Pytlak/Dom DiMaggio 109/110. Gerald Priddy/John Murphy 111/112. Tommy Henrich/Marius Russo 113/114. Frank Crosetti/John Sturm 115/116. Ival Goodman/Myron McCormick 117/118. Eddie Joost/Ernest Joy 119/120. Lloyd Waner/Henry Majeski 121/122. Buddy Hassett/Eugene Moore 123/124. Nick Etten/John Rizzo 125/126. Sam Chapman/Wally Moses 127/128. John Babich/Richard Siebert 129/130. Nelson Potter/Benny McCoy 131/132. Clarence Campbell/Louis Boudreau 133/134. Rolly Hemsley/Mel Harder 135/136. Gerald Walker/Joe Heving 137/138. John Rucker/Ace Adams 139/140. Morris Arnovich/Carl Hubbell 141/142. Lew Riggs/Leo Durocher 143/144. Fred Fitzsimmons/Joe Vosmik 145/146. Frank Crespi/Jim Brown 147/148. Don Heffner/Harland Clifft 149/150. Debs Garms/Elbert Fletcher