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Walter Maranville
(b. November 11, 1891 - d. January 5, 1954)
A top defensive shortstop and consummate showman, Rabbit Maranville was the kind of player that did the little things, on and off the field, to make his team better. A superior fielder, he ranks first among all shortstops in putouts (5,139). "Rabbit" collected 2,605 hits and scored 1,255 runs in 23 NL seasons.
Inducted in 1954
1916 D381 Fleischmann Bakery Walter Maranville SGC 40 VG
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Comments: I first picked the 1933 Goudey issue for Maranville. He gazed back at you. In March, 2002 I won an eBay auction for a PSA 3 example. I upgraded to a PSA 5 in May, 2003 and a PSA 6 in November, 2004. In June, 2004 I had purchased a 1926 Spalding Champions PSA 9 of Dave Bancroft followed by a 1916 D381 Fleischmann Bakery SGC 40 card purchased in December, 2004 from David Bryan. You may ask - why are the Bancroft purchases relevant to Maranville? Well, I liked the '26 Spalding but loved the 'D381 more. I vowed to keep both until I was able to pick up another Fleischmann Bakery card of another HOFer. The opportunity came up, when I found and purchased this beauty via the Buy/Sell/Trade section of the Net54 site from another collector an board moderator Leon Luckey on 12/25/2005. I sold the D381 Bancroft a month later.
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1916
ACC Set Designation: D381
Set Name: Fleischmann Bakery
Country: United States
Description: These cards were issued by a New York City bakery, presumably given away with the purchase of bread or other goods. The blank-back cards are printed in black-and-white in a 2-3/4" X 5-3/8" format. Fronts have player photos with the name, team and position in two lines beneath. Most cards have an Underwood & Underwood copyright notice on the picture. At bottom is a coupon which could be redeemed for an album to house the cards. A nearly identical issue were produced contemporarily by Ferguson Bread. The two can be distinguished by the two-line identification on front of the Fleischmann cards, and one-line identification on the Fergusons.