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The Circa 1966 Gaylord Perry Business Cards

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Specs

Year: 1966

Title: Gaylord Perry Insurance

Size: 3-1/2″ by 5-1/2″

Number in Set: 2

Overview

Gaylord Perry pitched for 22 years and eight teams on his way to 314 career wins and two Cy Young awards. He was a Hall of Fame inductee in 1971 on his third ballot. But many people don’t know that in his earlier years in pro baseball, he sold insurance in the off-season.

1966 Gaylor Perry Insurance Card – Front
1966 Gaylor Perry Insurance Card – Reverse

Then, in the late 1960s, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area (he pitched for the Giants between 1962 and 1971), he sold cars for another dealer.

1966 Gaylor Perry Car Dealer Card – Front
1966 Gaylor Perry Car Dealer Card – Reverse

My Standard Catalog of Baseball cards says the date on these cards (1966) is a bit arbitrary. But the front of each card shows Perry in his San Francisco Giants Uniform with his insurance company or Pontiac Dealer contact information beneath the picture. The backs both indicate printing by J.D. McCarthy (his logo is also on the front of the Pontiac card).

At some point, someone also printed postcards of Gaylord Perry (also produced by J.D. McCarthy) with the same photograph. I have found two different variations on the backs of those.

Gaylord Perry Postcard Variation One – Front
Gaylord Perry Postcard Variation One – Reverse
Gaylord Perry Postcard Variation Two – Front
Gaylord Perry Postcard Variation Two – Reverse