"Unique for the Grade" Joe DiMaggio 1936 National Chicle Fine Pen Rookie Card – "DiMaggio Slams It" (PSA EX/MT+ 6.5)
The iconic "Joltin Joe" DiMaggio was truly a super hero, placing him among the foremost players to ever grace a baseball diamond. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 just may be baseball's greatest record, such to the point that a song was written about Joe that same season personifying everything he meant to the game. Whether it is his hitting streak, MVPs, World Championships or marriage to the legendary Marilyn Monroe, "Joe D" has always and will forever be not only a baseball immortal but, more significantly, the true embodiment of a National Hero! This is why collectors actively seek his most prized artifacts and what could be more appealing than a card that was issued during his 1936 rookie season, which is the case for this outstanding National Chicle Fine Pen "DiMaggio Slams It" card offered here in a stellar PSA 6.5 holder.
Currently, this "1 of 1" gem resides as the SOLE example at this plateau with a meager 6 specimens graded higher! One of DiMaggio's "true" rookie cards (along with his 1936 Canadian World-Wide Gum and R312 issues), it stands as one of the Yankee Clipper's handful of 1936 rookie cards since a "true" rookie card portrays the player in his first major league uniform (NOT Joe D's 1933-'36 Zeenuts issue since it depicts DiMaggio in a pre-MLB minor league uniform playing for the San Francisco Seals). What makes this postcard sized gem so desirable and eclectic is the rare #18 situated on the back of DiMaggio's jersey which he utilized in this 1936 Spring Training game with the New York Yankees playing the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Hank Erickson played only a single season as an official Major Leaguer, batting only 88 times in his 1935 season with Cincinnati, but fortunately for Erickson, his name will forever be remembered as the catcher included on one of DiMaggio's rookie cards.
The 1936 season would mark the unprecedented emergence of the immortal Joe DiMaggio, and the Yankee rookie would not disappoint, clouting 29 round trippers and knocking in 125 runs while leading the Bronx Bombers to their first World Championship in four years. "Joltin Joe" would continue his batting and fielding exploits for the next three seasons, teaming up with Lou Gehrig to lead the Yankees to four consecutive World Championships. The spectacular aesthetics of this world-class offering include a classic "Joltin Joe" swing is portrayed with pristine contrast and crystal-clear clarity, with the extremely well-centered image easily portraying near-mint+ eye appeal. Only some negligible surface "snow" near the upper right quadrant appears to have prevented a higher assessment. To reiterate, we cannot over emphasize the significance of "Joltin Joe's" place not only in baseball history, but as an American hero, and with that in mind, now is the time to "step up to the plate" and add one of his true 1936 cards rookie issues to your esteemed cardboard gathering!
MIN BID $1,000