1940 Play Ball Baseball Cards

Play Ball Joe DiMaggio
Set Description

Gum, Inc. created this 240 player set which included many of the great players from the past. The fronts are black & white photos of the player surrounded by an ornate border with their name in it. The backs are numbered and have the player’s bio. Eighty-two of the cards are printed with advertising for the Superman set printed along the bottom of the reverse.

Important Notes

The 2nd series is significantly tougher to find than the 1st series

Set Info

Manufacturer: Play Ball
Year of Issue: 1940
Set Size: 240 Cards
Card Size: 2-1/2” x 3-1/8”


Low Series: 1-180
High Series: 181-240 (scarce)

Price Guide (Complete Set)

VG – $3,000
EX – $5,000
NM – $10,000

Errors & Variations

No significant errors or variations.

Key Rookies


Key Stars

1 – Joe Dimaggio
27 – Ted Williams
120 – Walter Johnson
133 – Jimmie Foxx
168 – Honus Wagner
175 – Christy Mathewson
225 – Shoeless Joe Jackson