The U.S. Major League All Stars who toured Japan in 1951 were a star studded group, led by the DiMaggio brothers, Joe and Dom. Joe's little brother, the youngest of nine DiMaggio children, was a star in his own right. The fleet footed centerfielder, nicknamed The Professor because of his trademark eye glasses, was a seven time A.L. All-Star during his 11 year, war interrupted career with the Boston Red Sox.
While he didn't possess the power of brother Joe, his .298 lifetime average is proof that he was an outstanding hitter. In fact, Dom outhit Joe on the 1951 Japan Tour, batting .319 with three homers vs. Joe's .296 with two home runs.
The card offered here was a first prize card premium from an unknown 1951 set, which was originally offered on a prize display sheet. Thus, you will note the extra paper and glue on the blank back, which is a result of the card having originally glued to the prize sheet by the card's manufacturer. The Japanese text printed at bottom center reads "Dom DiMaggio, little brother, outfielder, Red Sox". Only three copies of this card are known to the hobby.
Size: 6 7/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition: There is a 1/2" tear at the right edge near the bottom, and bends at upper left and lower right corners, probably due to a previous collector who attached the card to a scrapbook using photo mounts. The upper white border on the front is thin. The back contains the number "1" written in ink.