The first set I ever made was the 1947 Banty Red Set. It was my view of the dawning of the greatest decade baseball would ever know. It was, finally, America’s game. The best ball players would play. Though some teams were slower to integrate their rosters, many would quickly.

From 1949-1963, those 15 seasons, twelve black players would be named the Most Valuable Player in their respective leagues. Fittingly, the first would be Jackie Robinson.

SERIES ONE, CARDS #1-24

1. Jackie Robinson- 1

2. George Kell- 1

3. Phil Cavarretta- 1

4. Warren Spahn- 1

5. Ted Williams- 1

6. Grady Hatton- 1

7. Pee Wee Reese- 1

8. Willard Marshall- 1

9. Ralph Kiner- 1

10. Walker & Reiser- 1

11. Yogi Berra- 1

12. Bob Feller- 1

13. Johnny Sain- 1

14. Hal Newhouser- 1

15. John Mize- 1

16. Vern Stephens- 1

17. Tommy Holmes- 1

18. Bill Nicholson- 1

19. Tommy Henrich- 1

20. TBD

21. TBD

22. Joe Gordon- 1

23. Willard Brown- 1

24. Andy Pafko- 1