Lot # 64: 1953 Hank Thompson N.Y. Giants Japan Tour Second Prize Bromide Card--Unique

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $75.00

Bids: 3 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Auction 55 - Ended 5/5/2019",
which ran from 4/17/2019 6:00 PM to
5/4/2019 11:00 PM

This is the only example found to date of this card. While extremely similar in style to the previous four lots, we believe that this card is actually a second prize winner from a different set than the others. It is a bit longer and the legend has a different font and different text than the others. The top line of Japanese text reads, "Hank Thompson infielder", while the bottom line has "N.Y. Giants" in parentheses. We have never before seen any Hank Thompson card that was produced in Japan. After a stint in the Negro Leagues that was interrupted by World War II, Thompson joined the St. Louis Browns just two months after Jackie Robinson's debut in Major League Baseball. After being released by the Browns, he rejoined the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1949, he became a New York Giant. Thompson's MLB career ended after the 1956 season. His post-retirement life was quite turbulent and included three years in prison after being convicted of armed robbery. Sadly, Thompson died from a seizure he suffered at the age of 43. Blank backed card.

Size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"

Condition: Ex to Ex/Mt corners. Off-center25/75 left to right. A small chip at the lower right border. Extra paper and glue residue from having been originally attached to a display sheet by the manufacturer.

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