Can't tell if Andy's throwing a real pitch, but the photographer caught a nice windup pose of his curve ball or close-grip heater. Nice design choice on that white-on-black autograph, too, something you don't see much on cards from any era.
Messersmith's solid + green + mound card composition reminds me of this 1933 Goudey set. All he's missing is an ad for BIG LEAGUE Chewing Gum and that 1930s patina.
Today's Mitock Publishing-made postcard turned up at the 2011 National in Chicago mixed in with many others published during the 1960s and 1970s. According to what I can find online, the KVB11955 tag line means 1979 and includes at least these Dodger players.
- KVB11955-1: Bob Welch
- KVB11955-2: (Terry Forster is KVB11956-2, perhaps also in this set?)
- KVB11955-3: Joe Ferguson (thanks gcrl for picking that out)
- KVB11955-4: Derrell Thomas
- KVB11955-5: Andy Messersmith
- KVB11955-6: Garry Thomasson
Value: I paid $4 for Mr. Messersmith, who grades a solid VG-EX.
Fakes / reprints: Don't know of any in the marketplace. I suspect it'd be hard to make money faking baseball postcards, unless you went back to the pre-war era.