1948 1949 Authentic Leaf #39 EWELL BLACKWELL MINT NR

Up for bid is an Original, Authentic 1948 (1949) Leaf #39 baseball card of EWELL BLACKWELL . While his career statistics deem less than spectacular, many baseball pundits considered him to be one of the greatest right hand pitchers of his era (1946-1955). He was nickname "The Whip" for his side-arm snap delivery. He appeared in six consecutive All Star games (1946-51). Almost to the day, nine years later, Blackwell almost duplicated Vandermeer's feat of consecutive no-hitters. Ironically, the veteran Vandermeer was his teammate in '47, and the two teams against whom Blackwell pitched were the same as Vandermeer's opponents. On June 18, 1947 he no-hit the Boston Braves (previously named the "Bees,") and on June 22 he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, only to have it broken up by Eddie Stanky.
The thick-stocked Leaf card of Blackwell is in Mint shape. The fact that it is slightly off-center doesn't really downgrade this card to NM. The corners are sharp, the edges are even. The surface may have lost a touch of its original brilliance (but maybe not, because as Sports Collectors Digest states, "The colors...[of these cards} were crude." They were the first color baseball cards of the post-WWII era. Nonetheless, the colors are still crisp and the pitching pose of Blackwell displays a card with excellent eye-appeal.
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