Dave Stewart cards

Collector score: ***** (5  Stars)

Prices reflect value in Near Mint condition


Dave Stewart was a disabled Vietnam Veteran who created a modest number of unusual cards in San Francisco during the 1980s and early 1990s.  All of his creations feature an American Flag and a POW/MIA Flag with the legend “Support Disabled American Veterans”.  They are 2 x 3-1/2 inches in size.

Nobody knows what ever happened to Dave. He lived in the Richmond neighborhood off Balboa from the early 1970s until sometime in the 90s, and spent a lot of time at the VA Hospital on Clement Street. Before motorized wheelchairs were widely available, he built his own using marine batteries, and was often seen chugging down the streets in the area. The cards he created were usually black & white or sepia. The subjects of his cards were often obscure or unusual.  He found his images in books at the San Francisco Public Library.

Stewart gave away his baseball cards in exchange for any donation, and presumably used the money to help pay his living expenses. His printing costs were often financed by friends and those who enjoyed his cards – reportedly including western novelist Louis L’Amour, who once paid off a $300 printing bill for Stewart.

It is not known how many of each card Dave Stewart produced, but it is most likely 500 as this was the minimum number of cards most commercial printers would produce in those pre-digital days.  Prescott Printing Company printed some, but not all Dave Stewarts.

Card Retail Values:

Complete set of 34 cards $375-425

(in near mint condition)

1859 Abraham Lincoln, Springfield Nine       $20.00
1888 Billy Sunday, Pittsburgh     $12.00
1896 Zane Grey, University of Pennsylvania     $12.00
1921 Lefty O’Doul,San Francisco Seals  $8.00
1924 John Dillinger, Martinsville Athletics     $30.00
1924 Nick Altrock, Washington Senators     $8.00
1925 Shoeless Joe Jackson, Waycross, Georgia League     $20.00
1926 Red Grange, Chicago Bears     $15.00
1926 Mel Ott, NY Giants   $10.00
1927 Lefty Brown, Negro League star pitcher NYC   $25.00
1933 Joe DiMaggio, San Francisco Seals   $12.00
1938 Ernie Lombardi, Cincinnati Reds     $8.00
1938 Josh Gibson, Homestead Grays   $12.00
1940 Stan Musial, Daytona Beach     $15.00
1941 Fred Hutchinson, Detroit Tigers     $10.00
1947 Bill Thomas, Evangeline League     $8.00
1949 Bob Cobb, Hollywood Stars PCL     $8.00
1949 Joe Louis, undefeated World Heavyweight Boxing Champion $12.00
1950 Fidel Castro, Havana Nacionales     $20.00
1950 Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants   $12.00
1951 Chuck Connors, Los Angeles PCL     $20.00
1951 Kyle Rote, Corpus Christi Aces     $8.00
1951 Louis L’Amour, Author, Los Angeles     $8.00
1952 Leon Day, Scranton Miners   $10.00
1956 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds     $10.00
1957 Bob Hazle, Milwaukee Braves     $6.00
1961 Joe Namath, Beaver Falls     $15.00
1964 Tony Conigliaro, Boston Red Sox     $10.00
1969 Thurman Munson, New York Yankees   $10.00
1970 Joe Kapp, Minnesota Vikings   $8.00
1971 Ann Calvello Roller Derby star San Francisco Bay Area Bombers $8.00
1974 Sonny Jurgensen, Washington Redskins $10.00
1977 Kurt Russell, El Paso Sun Kings $15.00
1982 John Elway, minor league baseball card $15.00

 

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I've been collecting baseball cards since 1965, when I would chew on them instead of the horrible bubble gum inside. All of these cards are from my private collection.
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