Monday, July 2, 2012

Gee...That's a Swell Card

  The title of the post might lead one to believe that it is a quote of young Theodore Cleaver on the classic television show, Leave It to Beaver- and perhaps he might have said that on one of the 234 episodes. No- what we've got here is an autographed Swell card of former Braves catcher Del Crandall.

  Released by the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Corp in 1989, the Swell Baseball Greats set is one that I wasn't even aware of existing until I came across this beauty on eBay. Perhaps I saw some of them back in the early 90s, but it really didn't look very familiar. One thing that does look familiar about the design is the ribbon/flag on top- it's kind of reminiscent of the 1977 Topps Football set, which I always thought was a great design.

  While I have been skeptical of many autographs out there, this card has been authenticated by James Spence-which helped make the decision to buy it a little easier. Of course, the price didn't hurt, either.

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