1943 MP & Co. R302-1 Baseball Cards

Hank Greenberg 1943 MP and Co. (R302-1) #12
Hank Greenberg 1943 MP and Co. (R302-1) #12

Here’s an issue you don’t see too often. This is a 1943 MP and Co. I only discovered this example in fall of 2010. A fine specimen and piece of history manufactured during the second World War. It floors me to know that this piece survived, a Hall of Famer nonetheless! The dimensions of these cards closely compare in size of those in the 1948 Bowman set. I love that these cards were released as strips in candy stores in 1943. I wonder how many steel pennies it cost to get a strip in those days? The patrons who were fortunate enough to snag a few of these strips would cut along the edges to distinguish individual cards. Not bad cuts for the time. This example actually looks as if it was made that way.

Collector’s note: These cards are incredibly rare. If you don’t want to lose a limb in trade for these cards, my best advice is to keep a keen eye out at shows and swap meets.

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Checklist:

Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Ernie Bonham13Stan Hack
2Lou Boudreau14Tommy Henrich
3Dolph Camilli15Carl Hubbell
4Mort Cooper16Joe Medwick
5Walker Cooper17John Mize
6Joe Cronin18Lou Novikoff
7Hank Danning19Mel Ott
8Bill Dickey20Pee Wee Reese
9Joe DiMaggio21Pete Reiser
10Bob Feller22Red Ruffing
11Jimmy Foxx (Chicago Cubs, Jimmie)23Johnny Vander Meer
12Hank Greenberg24Ted Williams
1943 MP and Co.

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