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Hank Greenberg
(b. January 1, 1911 - d. September 4, 1986)
Despite playing only nine full seasons, Greenberg smacked 331 home runs and captured AL MVP honors in 1935 and 1940 for the Tigers. He lost three years to World War II, but came back in 1946 to lead the AL in homers and RBI. He had league- and career-high totals of 58 dingers (1938) and 183 RBI (1937). "Hammerin' Hank" had a career .313 batting average, a .605 slugging percentage, and 1,276 RBI.
 
Inducted in 1956
 
 
1936 R322 Goudey Hank Greenberg SGC 88 NM/MT
     
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Comments: I first purchased this portrait card t in March, 2003 from Sportscards Plus on eBay. It was a bargain at less than of the current book value - one of my all time best buys! Since, I've looked for a NM-MT graded copy with no luck until the week of Novemnber 28th, 2011 when a whole set came up on eBay. For a long time, I wanted a card that once belonged to Lionel Carter in my collection. The Greenberg was part of a whole 1936 Goudey set that belonged to Carter and it was pedigreed by SGC. The Greenberg was perfect for me and I had to buy it. Luckily, I won the card at a fraction of my snipe. Below are some companion pieces written by and documenting one of the most famous collector's in our hobby. My favorite is the "Too inclusionary" column for SportsTalk where Lionel Carter expresses his disappointment in Dave Winfield being elected to the Hall of Fame. Dave Winfield happens to be my favorite baseball player so I respectfully disagree with Mr. Carter but admire his collection and hobby expertise and forgive him:

   

 

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1936
ACC Set Designation: R322
Set Name: Goudey
Country: United States
Description: The 1936 Goudey set consists of black-and-white cards measuring 2-3/8" X 2-7/8". A facsimile autograph is positioned on the card fronts. Backs contain a brief player biography and were designed to be used to play a baseball game. Different game situations (out, single, double, etc.) are given on each card. Numerous front/back combinations exist in the set.
 
Example 1936 Goudey Display Box
Example 1936 Goudey Display Box
Example 1936 Goudey Display Box
Example 1936 Goudey Display Box
Example 1936 Goudey Pack Wrapper