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The Famous Faces Behind Baseball Cards For Sale

By Marissa Velazquez

The printing of baseball cards for sale goes back to the middle of the 19th century. Packaged with products as diverse as cigarettes and bubble gum, the modest little collector's items were swapped by school boys. Today, they offer a lucrative investment opportunity. A card depicting the legendary Babe Ruth sold not long ago for tens of thousands of dollars.

Among the great names to watch out for are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and Roger Maris. Cards were there to be traded, tossed or flipped. Flipping is a simple game consisting of "flipping" a card on the floor, seeing if it lands face up or down, and then the next player trying to match the previous player's throw.

Southpaw Babe Ruth was born George Herman Ruth in 1895 Baltimore Maryland. He served three separate baseball teams over his career as both a pitcher and an outfielder. Sports Illustrated Magazine named him the best baseball player of the entire twentieth century.

Lou Gehrig was a pitch hitter and first baseman for the New York Yankees for his entire 17-year career. He was known as The Iron Horse owing to his enduring stamina. His career batting average was 340. On his 36th birthday, Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder that was ultimately christened, "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Gehrig had such stature with the city, that New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia had the flags of the city flown at half staff when Gehrig died in 1941.

Joe DiMaggio was almost as famous for being married to Marilyn Monroe as he was for his 13-year career with the New York Yankees at the position of center field. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 has never been matched. He had two brothers named Vince and Dom, both of whom played professional baseball in center field.

Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995) played first base and centerfield for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons between 1951 and 1968. He played in 12 World Series and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Himself the recipient of a liver transplant, Mantle established a foundation to raise the public's awareness of the need for organ donations.

"Georgia Peach, " Tyrus Raymond (Ty) Cobb was born in a small, rural community in Georgia in 1886. For the first 22 years of his pro baseball career, Cobb played outfield for the Detroit Lions. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. A film of his life was made in 1994 in which Tommy Lee Jones played the leading role. Clever investments in General Motors and Coca Cola enabled Cobb to establish a college scholarship for students from Georgia.

Baseball cards for sale may be found on a variety of auction sites. Countries where they are most popular are Canada, Cuba, Japan and the United States. The face of the cards would bear the image of the player, along with his name and club affiliation. The back sides would contain extra biographical information along with the players' statistics to date. Common sponsors of the cards included bubble gum manufacturers and tobacco companies.

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