Friday, February 5, 2010

Negro League Baseball Card Sets

Many cards have been issued of Negro League Players. Here is a brief overview of the cards that I could find that were issued as sets, rather than subsets. This is what I've found looking through the 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. Their descriptions and information found on the internet provide the basis for my descriptions. Images were liberally lifted from the 'net and from the SCBC. If the cards are just grey, then they are from the SCBC.



1984 Decathlon Negro League Baseball Stars
119 card set, allegedly produced with the Negro Baseball Hall of History in Kentucky. 2,000 sets were printed.



1986 Fritsch Negro League Baseball Stars
Fritsch bought the rights to produce the 1984 Decathalon set. There are three SAMPLE cards from this set: Satchel Paige (#10), Josh Gibson (#30), and Monte Irvin (#89). Card #119 is the checklist. You can still purchase this set of cards from Larry Fritsch Cards.



1988 Negro League Stars
This 20 card set was sponsored by the Duquesne Light Company and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was distributed at the September 10, 1988 Pirates vs. Houston game and features players associated with the segregated Negro Leagues around the Pittsburgh area.



1988 World Wide Sports 1933 Negro All Stars
A 12 card, unnumbered set that uses sepia tinted photos from the Charles M. Conlon collection.



1989 Historic Limited Editions Negro Leagues Postcards
12 players are featured in this 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" postcard set that was produced in a quantity of 5,000. Susan Rini is the artist. This set of cards is available from Larry Fritsch Cards.



1990 Eclipse Stars of the Negro Leagues
36 cards make up this set of paintings done in watercolors by artist Mark Chiarello. These were sold as a boxed set.



1991 Ron Lewis Negro Leagues Postcards
This set, numbered to 10,000, was created to raise funds for the Negro League Baseball Players Association. The fronts of the 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" postcards feature paintings by artist Ron Lewis. The set has 30 cards.



1992 Eclipse Negro League BPA - Paul Lee
Featuring the artwork of Paul Lee, this four card set was distributed at Shea Stadium on June 2, 1992. It is estimated that 50,000 sets were handed out.



This image doesn't do these cards justice.
Here's a link to one of the beautiful paintings
that John Clapp created for the set.

1992 Eclipse Negro League BPA - John Clapp
This 18 card set was sponsored by Kraft and 15,000 sets were printed to be handed out at the Lackawanna County Stadium on August 9, 1992 in honor of The Negro League Baseball Players Association night. Artist John Clapp painted watercolor pictures of the players.



1991 Retort Negro League Legends, Series 1
100 cards are in this boxed set. The cards measure 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" are serial numbered to 10,000. 65 individual players are featured, along with team and game-action photos.



1993 Retort Negro League Legends, Series 2
Following the release of Series 1, this is another 100 card set. Dimensions and production numbers are the same. Only 41 individual players are featured, the rest being composed of team and game-action photos.



1994 Ron Lewis Negro Leagues Postcards
This set, numbered to 10,000, was created to raise funds for the Negro League Baseball Players Association. The fronts of the 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" postcards feature paintings by artist Ron Lewis. This set has 32 cards, with nine of them being cards featuring multiple players.



1996 Legends of the Negro Leagues Playing Cards
Playing cards featuring Negro League Players. Jokers included, making a 56 card set. The Queens feature notable females of the Negro Leagues and the sponsor. This set was issued by the International Society of Athletes as a fundraiser.



2000 McDonald's Negro League Baseball
A 10 card set issued by Milwaukee area McDonalds restaurants. Cards were sold in single-card packs for just under a dollar or the set of 10 could be purchased for $9.

3 comments:

  1. wow, GREAT post! I've seen and own(ed) most of these. I love Ron Lewis art! Its weird that there is nothing before 86 and almost nothing after 1996. Like there was a decade long fascination and thats it... Fantastic post!

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  2. Excellent work! Also amazed at the focus on that decade. (Admittedly, some players appear as single cards in later sets, like Allen & Ginter.)

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  3. Wow, awesome post. I never knew some of these existed. I need to get me that McDonald's set if I can find it.

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