I always liked the Play Ball issues just before WW2. I wonder what the ‘42 set might have looked like. I figured they would’ve been black and white with some war-time propaganda and washed out colors of the American Flag as rationing would have kept things subtle. The delicate scrollwork may have given way to a clean design while still keeping with the period. Here was our patriotic take on the best of the summer of ‘42.

1. Joe DiMaggio, portrait- 2, Action- 1

2. Chet Laabs- 3

3. Johnny Vander Meer- 4

4. Claude Passeau- 3

5. Jimmy Brown- 4

6. Rudy York- 3

7. Joe Medwick- 2

8. Joe Gordon- 4

9. Whit Wyatt- 3

10. John MIze- 2

11. Ken Keltner- 3

12. Bucky Walters- 3

13. Eddie Miller- 3

14. Al Benton- 3

15. Carl Hubbell- 2

16. Bill Dickey- 2

17. Sid Hudson- 3

18. Lou Boudreau- 2

19. Walker Cooper- 3

20. Paul Derringer- 4

21. Bill Nicholson- 3

22. Frank McCormick- 3

23. Terry Moore- 3

24. Pee Wee Reese- 2

25. Buddy Rosar- 2

26. Charlie Keller- 3

27. Mel Ott- 2

28. Tom Henrich- 3

29. Tex Hughson- 2

30. Red Ruffing- 4

31. Johnny Pesky- 4

32. Walt Judnich- 3

33. George Case- 3

34. Stan Musial- 2

35. Stan Spence- 3

36. Ernie Bonham- 1

37. Ernie Lombardi- 1

38. Enos Slaughter- 2

39. Dom DiMaggio- 1

40. Mort Cooper- 2

41. Ted Lyons- 2

42. Stan Hack- 4

43. Phil Rizzuto- 3

44. Johnny Beazley- 2

45. Pete Reiser- 2

46. Larry French- 3

47. Elbie Fletcher- 2

48. Dolph Camilli- 2

49. Howie Krist- 2

50. Hal Newhouser- 2

51. Spud Chandler- 2

52. George McQuinn- 3

53. Ted Williams- 2

54. Williams/DiMaggio Checklist- 3