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1934 Joe DiMaggio Zeenut Rookie Card with Tab

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $14,100

Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. “1 of 1!” The only 1934 Zeenut of DiMaggio with the coupon still attached ever graded by PSA. Presented is an extremely significant rarity that 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, it annually issued cards of Pacific Coast League players with its 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 both 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.) Most Zeenuts are found with the coupon at the bottom neatly clipped away, which is understandable as the coupons were intended to be redeemed for valuable prizes, but this extraordinary example is complete with the original coupon intact. One of the interesting aspects of DiMaggio’s Zeenut cards is the spelling of his name. When DiMaggio joined the San Francisco Seals team, the local newspapers inadvertently misspelled his name “DeMaggio” (with an "e") and that misspelling, which was repeated often, appears on all of his Zeenut cards. The card has a couple of small creases and corner wear but displays beautifully, and if not for the minor surface and edge wear, and foxing along the edges on the blank reverse, this card would be a solid Vg example. This is an extremely historic card, Joe DiMaggio's true rookie card, dating from his earliest days in the Pacific Coast League. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $14,100


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