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|In 1948, the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago issued a set of 32 multi-sport athletes in black and white. This
set was called "Sports Champions". Later that year, this same set
was reissued with a green tint. In 1949 some of the
replaced with other athletes and Ben Hogan was one of those
replacements, due to his terrific 1948 season. This 1949 set was
printed with a blue tint.
Therefore, you will only find the Hogan card in the blue tint.
However due to darkness of the blue tint, the card often looks like a black and white card.|
There were "Proof Sheets" produced on a thin paper stock and on the usual thicker card stock, also. Usually these sheets were cut into smaller groups for display and selling purposes. These sheets demand a high price whenever they come up at auction.
The 1949 Ben Hogan Exhibit card rarely comes up for sale, either through auction houses or on Ebay. If you are a true Ben Hogan card collector, you need one of these in your collection, so grab one when you see it, as the Ben Hogan card is one of the most sought after cards from this set.