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1934 Joe DiMaggio Zeenut Rookie Card - Signed On Reverse

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25

Presented is one of the all-time great baseball cards: Joe DiMaggio's true rookie card. This card was issued in the 1934 Zeenut series of Pacific Coast League players. Zeenut was a brand name of the San Francisco based Collins-McCarthy Candy Company, and from 1911 to 1938 they annually issued cards of Pacific Coast League players with their products. Joe DiMaggio, of course, first made his debut in professional baseball with the San Francisco Seals of the PCL, and he appeared on Zeenut cards in 1934 and 1935. This is his 1934 batting-pose card, the first baseball card ever issued of DiMaggio, years before he joined the Yankees. (On his 1935 Zeenut card DiMaggio is featured throwing.) As is usually the case with Zeenuts, the coupon at the bottom has been neatly clipped away, which is understandable as the coupons were intended to be redeemed for valuable prizes. One of the interesting aspects of DiMaggio’s Zeenut cards is the spelling of his name. When DiMaggio joined the San Francisco Seals the team, the local newspapers inadvertently misspelled his name “DeMaggio” (with an "e") and that misspelling was repeated and appears on all of his Zeenut cards. On this card, someone has attempted to correct that mistake by changing the “e” to an “i.” Also, the year “1933” is written on the front of the card, and this notation has been attempted to be erased. Many years following his retirement from baseball as one of the all time greats of the game, DiMaggio was presented with this card from his earliest days in the game to sign. DiMaggio has boldly signed the card in blue Sharpie (grading “10”) on the reverse. In addition to DiMaggio's signature, the reverse has the 1934-vintage black fountain pen notation “RF – Joe DiMaggio” neatly printed. The card has a couple of small creases and corner wear but displays very well, and is in Good condition overall. This is an extremely historic card, Joe DiMaggio's true rookie card, dating from his earliest days in the Pacific Coast League. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231.25

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