Valley Forge Baseball Card Show. I was flipping through a binder of vintage oddball Phillies cards - quite possibly the best kid of binder there is - when I stumbled upon this "Del Ennis" card.
"What is this?," I asked the dealer. "I've never seen this card before."
"Oh, that's from the '40s. Not a lot of people know about those cards," he responded.
I made him what I thought was a reasonable offer for the card, and he accepted. I knew there was no way the card was actually meant to represent Ennis, as Ennis had never played for either the New York Yankees or Giants during his career. And the player featured on the card clearly was wearing a cap with the familiar interlocking "N" and "Y".
- M.P. & Co. stands for Michael Pressner and Company, which was a New York City-based "novelty and carnival supply firm."
- They originally released a set of 24 cards in 1943, featuring "crude color drawings that have little resemblance to the player named." The Standard Catalog also points out that the original set was one of the few released during World War II.
- Thanks to Jefferson Burdick, the original set has been designated R302-1, with the second set, released in 1949, designated R302-2. Burdick used the "R" designation for candy and gum cards issued beginning in 1930.
found here) with Ennis' name added.
And there you have it. I'm not sure if this card technically belongs in a Phillies collection, but since it features one my Dad's all-time favorite players, it now has a comfortable home. Without a doubt, it's now the strangest Del Ennis baseball cards in my collection.