Joining forces with famed Negro League researcher Gary Ashwill and Pete Hill’s great nephew, Major Ron Hill I am proud to bring to you a beautiful 15 card tribute to one of the greatest black ballplayers of all time – PETE HILL. Many of you are familiar with Pete’s career which spanned the first quarter of the 20th century. Each of the cards picture Pete on one of the many teams he played for – The Philadelphia Giants, Havana Reds, Chicago American Giants, Leland Giants, Baltimore Black Sox, Detroit Star, Cuban X Giants – and many more – Pete Hill’s baseball odyssey found him playing on some of the greatest blackball teams of the dead-ball era. The illustrations I did for this set are some of the best ones I’ve done and the amount of research I put in trying to make each uniform as accurate as possible is something I’m really proud of. Working on this set I was so tempted to slip one or two into the website to show them off, but I held myself back in order to make all 15 of these illustrations new to everyone. The back of each card tells the life story of this talented Hall of Famer, all written and painstakingly researched by Gary Ashwill. Besides the narrative Gary has also gone so far as to compile Pete’s statistics for his career in the Negro and Cuban Leagues as well as his career totals against Major and Minor League competition.
I can’t tell you how unique this card set is, as far as I know no one has ever attempted to do something like this before and speaking for myself, I’m proud to be part of it! The first and only run will be of 1000 numbered sets.