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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 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.