One of the most sought after cards that Greenberg has in his player set is his 1935 National Chicle Diamond Star.
Issued by the National Chicle Gum Co. of Cambridge, MA, the set was produced for 3 years, between 1934-36. As players would make their debut in the majors, or become prominent enough to warrant being placed in the set, they were placed accordingly. Featuring drawn players strewn across pastel backgrounds of stadiums and scenery, these cards have become a favorite set to collect among pre-war set, type and player collectors.
Hank Greenberg actually has two cards that were produced in this set.
This error, as well as the error with Ernie Lombardi's card were quickly brought to the attention of those in charge, and were corrected in subsequent releases of the product. So in turn, this card became highly sought after because of it's rarity.
Typically, the cards in this set do not look like the card to the left. This card has been made a work of art by a 10 year old that didn't like the white border around the card. I bought it for about $12, and it will remain a place holder in my collection until I can afford to purchase one in a condition I feel is adequate enough.
Anyhow, this card had eluded me for sometime before I was finally able to land it in a private deal. I am guessing that I might have been outbid/lost out of 15 or more different cards similar to this one before finally acquiring it. I might have overpaid for it at $100, but I NEEDED this card. It is a staple for any Hank Greenberg collection.
I know that I am not the only Hank Greenberg collector out there, and I am not striving to be the best, most high-dollar spender there is. I just know that I probably won't stop until this project is over and done with, and I can look at the collection as a whole and reminisce to myself about the journey, the struggles and the triumphs.
[Information gathered from Old Cardboard]