1939 Father and Son Shoes Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Father and Son Shoes
Year 1939
Size 3″ x 4″
Images Black and White
Type Trade
Number in Set
 16 or 17 (?)

1939 Father and Son Shoes Overview

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Father and Son Shoes produced these simple black and white baseball cards of various Philadelphia players.  Issued in 1939, they are not easy to find these days.

These cards were distributed only in the Philadelphia area. They feature a player’s black and white image along with their name, position, and team at the bottom. Backs are entirely blank. Players from only the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Athletics are featured here.

Also at the bottom is the printed line of, “Compliments of Father & Son Shoes,” identifying these cards. The company surely had a Philadelphia operation but also had a national presence with stores in other states. In all, they had more than 60 locations, including a mail order department in New York. While most of the names in the set are not big ones, they are heavily desired for their rarity.

The cards are extremely rare, likely because they were a regional issue not widely distributed. They are often pursued by type collectors and even in low grade condition, typically fetch over $100 per card.

At 3″ x 4″, these cards measure slightly larger than today’s standard cards.

1939 Father and Son Shoes Checklist

  1. Morrie Arnovich
  2. Earl Brucker
  3. George Caster
  4. Sam Chapman
  5. Spud Davis
  6. Joe Gantenbein
  7. Bob Johnson
  8. Chuck Klein
  9. Herschel Martin
  10. Merrill May
  11. Wally Moses
  12. Hugh Mulcahy
  13. Skeeter Newsome
  14. Claude Passeau
  15. George Scharien
  16. Dick Siebert

Emmitt Mueller is also listed as being in this set according to most checklists. To date, however I have not seen that card or heard of one existing.

While 16 or 17 may be in the set, due to the scarcity of these cards, it is likely that more exist that have not been widely reported.

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