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Bob Feller
(b. November 3, 1918 - d. December 15, 2010)
Phenom Bob Feller left the farm at age 17 and struck out 15 in his first official big league appearance. Amazingly, he was signed by a Cleveland scout for one dollar and an autographed baseball. Feller's fastball, once timed at over 98 mph, may have been the fastest of all-time. "Rapid Robert" led the AL seven times in strikeouts, six seasons in wins, and four times in shutouts. Feller won 266 games, all for Cleveland, and three no-hitters.
Inducted in 1962
1948 Swell Sport Thrills Bob Feller #19 PSA 7 NM
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Comments: A 1953 Topps PSA 8 occupied this spot since (before 2000). I don't recall the exact purchase details. But, I decided to part with it in 2007 when I started taking the collection in a new direction to acquire more type cards. I was happy with having the 1953 Topps issue represented by Jackie Robinson and Satchell Paige. So in March, 2007 I ended up buying a PSA 4 '48 Swell card and later upgraded to this PSA 6 in June, 2008.

UPDATE: As of September, 2018 I had only purchased one baseball card for my portrait collection all year long.  But, a new catalog from Mile High Card Company towards the end of the month changed all of that.  A centered 1948 Swell Feller in PSA 7 caught my eye.  I don’t recall seeing anything better than a PSA 6 since I purchased my EX-MT card almost ten years ago.  But, some research of the PSA Population Report revealed I had missed out on a potential upgrade last year.  My saved eBay searches didn't turn up an offering from auction house PWCC - one of just two graded NM-MT cards graded by PSA, sold on eBay in May, 2017.  I wasn't going to miss out on upgrading again.  I ended up being the high bidder on this PSA 7 example at 11pm the night of the auction October 3rd.  I was outbid a couple of times but stayed up until 2am MST to ensure a final max bid surpassed anyone else and had my card.  The auction was over, I went to bed happy as the new owner.  Now, I’ll have to wait for one of the two PSA 8s to show up again…hopefully it’s not another ten years.  Until, then I love this great NM card.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1948
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Swell Sport Thrills
Country: United States
Description: This is a set of black-and-white cards which depicts memorable events in baseball history. The cards measure 2-1/2" X 3" and have a picture frame border and event title on the card fronts. The card backs describe the event in detail. Twenty cards were produced in this set by the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Corporation of Havertown, PA. Each card is numbered, and card numbers 9,11, 16 and 20 are considered more difficult to obstain.
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