Al Lein bounced around the low minors as a Yankee farmhand during the late 30s before settling in with the San Francisco Seals for a dozen years. He proved a durable arm and averaged almost 40 games pitched during his decade with the team, serving as both starter and spot reliever (career stats at B-R.com).
The Bay Area's Sommer and Kaufmann chain, sellers of boys and mens clothing, sponsored this set of San Francisco Seals in the same mold as "competing" team sets from nearby Oakland businesses. (Links go to previous #5 profiles.)
- 1946 Remar Bread Oakland Oaks - Hersh Martin
- 1947 Remar Bread Oakland Oaks - Mickey Burnett
- 1947 Smith's Clothing Oakland Oaks - Ray Hamrick
- 1948 Smith's Clothing Oakland Oaks - Lloyd Christopher
With so few Sommer and Kaufmann singles in today's market, I assume the store printed small quantities compared to Smith's and Remar. Count yourself lucky if you've already snagged one as a type card!
Value: This low-grade #5 closed at $65 in its eBay auction, well above the NM guide price. Enough vintage collectors go after team and PCL issues today to make this a high-demand, volatile set.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace, but they might exist, given overall rarity.