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Ben Hogan's first card and the only Ben Hogan card from the 1940's
 
(1 card in this decade)



 Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago
Sports Champions
1949

        #NNO            3 5/16"  x  5 3/8"

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 athletes were 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 both a thin paper stock and on the usual thicker card stock.  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.

There is some question as to which card is the "real" Ben Hogan Rookie card.  I consider this 1949 Exbibit card to the Ben Hogan's Rookie card for the following reasons (1)  this is the first card issued for Ben Hogan  (2)  this card is from a recognized set of cards.

 "Proof Set" sheets

This is all there is for the 1940's decade.
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