1939 Play Ball - Basic

Number of Required Items: 161
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Current Finest Possible Set Rating: 10.407

This large set contains 161 cards numbered 1-162 (no #126 was ever issued). There are also numerous varieties, as many different spellings and letter sizes were used. The 2½" by 3-1/8" size is larger than most cards of the day, and the quality of the player photographs is far superior to earlier issues. Gum Incorporated distributed these cards, with three in each pack of "Play Ball America" bubble gum. Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams are among the major stars in this set. To read an in-depth article, click here.

All-Time Finest
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 Donald E. Spence- The Lone Star Collection 100.00% 9.63 09.63
2 Jeffrey Gitomer 1939 play ball 100.00%
Retired on 11/20/2013
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 9.556
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 9.556
9.56
09.56
3 The Tull Collection 100.00%
Retired on 6/12/2015
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 8.390
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.390
8.89
08.89
4 olemiss 100.00% 8.83 08.83
5 Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection 100.00%
Retired on 9/24/2013
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 8.349
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 8.349
8.77
08.77
6 Don Louchios Click to Contact Owner 100.00% 8.70 08.70
7 memorylaneinc (2) 99.38% 8.76 08.40
8 The Crandell Collection Click to Contact Owner 99.38% 8.37 08.34
9 Caught Looking 100.00%
Retired on 3/24/2015
Rank 8
Weighted GPA 7.784
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.784
7.87
07.87
10 The Double Play Collection Click to Contact Owner 98.76% 7.75 07.68
11 Steve Novella - 2007 93.79%
Retired on 7/15/2007
Rank 4
Weighted GPA 7.966
% Complete 93.79%
Set Rating 7.499
8.03
07.56
12 The Steve Soloway Collection 100.00%
Retired on 8/10/2011
Rank 7
Weighted GPA 7.027
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 7.027
7.04
07.04
13 Segall 1939 Play Ball Click to Contact Owner 91.93% 7.48 06.62
14 acewindcraft 100.00%
Retired on 4/10/2015
Rank 13
Weighted GPA 6.085
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 6.085
6.09
06.09
15 Applejax 39P Click to Contact Owner 84.47% 7.28 05.77
16 Lee's '39 Play Ball set 1 Click to Contact Owner 78.88% 7.31 05.51
17 BBCards4U Click to Contact Owner 62.73% 7.96 04.67
18 April 2011 SCP Auctions Set 100.00%
Retired on 6/8/2011
Rank 12
Weighted GPA 4.017
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 4.017
4.02
04.02
19 The Mei Hua Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 11.80% 7.29 01.97
20 blue devils 35.40% 4.78 01.72
21 Garb 22.98% 5.45 01.00
22 Diamond Dollar Collection 15.53% 5.67 00.83
23 hairpeace Click to Contact Owner 16.77% 5.78 00.74
24 jonnyor Click to Contact Owner 6.83% 8.00 00.45
25 georgespsabeta Click to Contact Owner 14.29% 3.78 00.35
26 Fleur-de-lis: The Modest Collection Click to view Set Images 6.21% 4.56 00.23
27 johnuvm83 2.48% 5.00 00.09
28 jbrownell Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 1.86% 6.00 00.07