11 Post War Cards of Pre War Baseball Players

There’s a group of iconic pre-war baseball players who transcend their era. Players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Joe Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson are celebrated today. However, cards from their playing days are often expensive and out of reach for most collectors. Luckily, sports card manufacturers in the post-war vintage era capitalized on their popularity and included them in sets beyond their playing careers. This allows collectors to own cards of these baseball greats with a few advantages. They are cheaper, more available, and cover statistics and historical context covering their entire career. Here are 11 post-war cards of iconic pre-war baseball players you might consider adding to your collection.

Babe Ruth

1962 Topps #141 Twilight Years
1961 Fleer #75 Babe Ruth

Ty Cobb

1976 Topps #346 Ty Cobb All Time All-Star

Cy Young

1973 Topps #477 Cy Young All-Time Victory Leader

Walter Johnson

1979 Topps #417 Strikeout Leaders Nolan Ryan and Walter Johnson

Shoeless Joe Jackson

1977 Shakey’s #21 Joe Jackson All-Time Superstars
1977 Sertoma Stars Joe Jackson Puzzle Backs

Lou Gehrig

1951 Topps Lou Gehrig Connie Mack’s All-Stars
1961 Topps #405 Gehrig Benched After 2130 Games

Honus Wagner

1948 Leaf #70 John Wagner

Christy Mathewson

1967 Venezuela Topps #151 Christy Mathewson

What cards would you add to this category? Let me know in the comments and over on Twitter.

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