I am very happy to have these photos to share. As I had written in the past, this is one of the scarcer team issued memorabilia items ever produced by the Dodgers. So scarce, in fact, I've never actually seen the complete set, and I'm willing to bet that neither have many of you. Featured in this post are photos of the entire 1958-1960 LA Dodgers Premium Pictures set.
These photos were provided by a vintage Dodger collector named Eric from Santa Maria, and he promises more pics of other rarities. So, stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks to Eric for passing these along.
As you maybe can tell, these pencil-styled portraits were originally drawn by famed artist Nicholas Volpe. He is well known to sports memorabilia collectors for his prints and thermal tumblers used as promotional items at various gas stations throughout the country. Check out the other Dodger Volpe print sets here: 1962, 1969 and 1982.
The portraits measure 8" x 10" and were sold as a complete sets at souvenir stands at the Coliseum. BTW, from what I understand the makeup of those sets sold in games varied with the comings and goings of the players. So, a set sold in 1958 likely had a different checklist than the one sold in 1960. Overall, there are 16 different Dodger portraits available. Also, all of the portraits are blanked back; with exception of the Roy Campanella.
As for a value for a complete set, I really don't know. They very rarely show up for sale, and I just can't fairly provide a value for them. My trusted 2002 SCD Standard Catalog of Cards indicates that a Near-Mint set is valued at $750.00 and can drop to $225.00 in Very-Good condition. From time to time, individual copies show up on eBay so if you run across one I would check it out.
BTW, the cream of the crop of these portraits is clearly the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett drawing. You can see that one at the very bottom. My catalog considers it a common (priced at $30 in Mint condition), but I would be willing to bet a Mint example would sell for a huge premium today. At the very top of this post is the Roy Campanella portrait and its reverse. Click on any pic to embiggen.
Check out pics of the rest of the set below the fold:
Pee Wee Reese
Vin Scully & Jerry Doggett
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