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Safe-T-Card - Red Auerbach 1948-50

Description:

The Safe-T-Card set is a multi-sport set containing 67 cards. One of the first safety issues made, it contains prominent sports figures from the Washington D.C. area (with a few odd exceptions). Simple portrait sketches are displayed on the front - some in color; some black and white. The backs come in a variety of different colors (blues, greens, red, orange, and black - at least 10 colors). However, the colors are not specific to a particular player. The Jim Gibbons Cartoon-A-Quiz program on WMAL-TV Channel 7 is advertised, as well as the L.P. Steuart Automotive Center. For basketball collectors, the significance of this set is that it contains the earliest card of Red Auerbach. Auerbach coached the Washington Capitals of the BAA (Basketball Association of America) until the end of the 1948-49 season. Auerbach coaching career with the Boston Celtics of the NBA began in 1950. The Auerbach card is exceptionally difficult to find. However, you can say that for all these cards. Baseball collectors have searched for years for the Bill McGowan umpire card, many thinking it never existed. The good news for baseball collectors - they finally did see some examples appear in auctions in recent years. The set contains two other basketball related cards besides the Auerbach. Bob Feerick, a 6'3" guard from Santa Clara University, played for the Washington Capitols from 1946 to 1950. Clarence Henry "Kleggie" Hermsen, also in the set, was a 6'9" center from the University of Minnesota who also spent some time with the Washington Capitals.

Category:

Sports Cards/Panels

Sub Category:

1940s

Condition:

Excellent

In Collection:

Yes

Year Acquired:

2014

Manufacturer Artist:

Unknown

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