Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Checklist of Tommy Lasorda Cards from his Playing Days

Continuing with my current obsession with cataloging and sharing pics of cards featuring noteworthy Dodger players, below is a Tommy Lasorda listing of collectibles from his playing days.  Of note, I do not include cards from his days as a manager.  Although, I may at a later point do that. 

As always, this may not be entirely complete, so if I missed anything please let me know.

#45 - 1950 Big League Stars (V362) - Blank Back

This cards, measuring 3 1/4" x 2 5/8", was issued by World Wide Gum of Quebec.  They were an subsidiary of Goudey Gum in America.  The 48-card set includes ballplayers from the International League.  Lasorda is the only Hall of Famer in the set.  Also, former Dodger and soon-to-be Hollywood star Chuck Connors is also in the set.

#NNO - 1952 La Patrie Album Sportif

This isn't really a card or premium poster, per se.  Instead, this item was issued within the pages of an weekly National Sunday Edition rotogravure section of the "La Patrie" newspaper.  They would be cut out of the newspaper by fans.  They measure 11" x 15 3/8".  Over a period of several months during the 1952 season they featured player portraits of ballplayers from the Class C Provincial Quebec League; including Tommy Lasorda.  His portrait can be found in the June 1, 1952 edition of the magazine.  The reverse features advertising.  I share a pic of the back of the photo below, but it is in B&W.  I believe originally it is in color.  UPDATE:  A big thanks to Doug for proving a pic of the reverse.  That's at the bottom.  As you can see. it's a bit different than what my source says.  It could very well be a different edition of the newspaper.


#58 - 1952 Parkhurst Frostade

#50 - 1953 Canadian Exhibits Montreal Royals - Blank Back

Issued by the same Chicago company that produced Exhibit cards in the states.  These Canadian versions are slightly smaller than the standard exhibit card - measuring 3 1/4" x 5 1/4".  Also, they come in two variations - blue and reddish-brown.

#132 - 1954 Topps

#NNO - 1954 Fruiterie Saint Louis

Only the Lasorda is known to exist in this set.  It measures 5 1/2" x 7", is on thick cardboard and is B&W.  On the reverse is rubber stamped:
Saint Louis De Franos
515 Rue RUE ROY PL. 1729
This is believed to be the issuer.

#NNO - 1955 Golden Stamp Book

#NNO - 1956 Kansas City Livestock Night Kansas City Athletics Postcards

#NNO - 1958 La Patrie Album Sportif

This is just like the 1952 version discussed above.  The Lasorda is found in the July 13, 1958 issue of "La Patrie" newspaper.  The below pic was found at an auction that you can see hereUnfortunately, I do not have a better photo to share.  UPDATE:  A big thank you to Doug for provided better pics.  You can see them below.

Clearer pics from Doug below:

#13 - 1958 Montreal Royals FC53

I've seen this card listed on several checklist, but I have no idea what it is.  I don't even know what these cards look like.  If you happen to know please pass that information along.

#NNO - 1959 O'Keefe Ale Montreal Royals - Blank Back

These stamps measure 3" x 4" and they were originally issues within an album for O'Keefe Ale in Quebec, Canada.  Edges are perforate.

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