|1950 Bedard & Donaldson #5, Georges Maranda (blank back)|
Georges continued to toil for Braves minor league teams throughout the 1950s, but ultimately reached the majors with San Francisco in 1960 (17 games) and Minnesota (32 games) in 1962 (career stats at B-R.com).
Vintage card guides called this black-and-white issue "Laval Dairy," but modern research shows they (and a contemporary hockey set) came instead from Bedard & Donaldson, Ltd. Cards cover local minor league teams known to Montreal and Quebecois fans, explaining why it's one of the few baseball sets in all French.
|1951-52 Bedard and Donaldson hockey #92, Jacques Plante (HOF)|
Bedard & Donaldson's 114-player checklist shows an ambitious commitment for that era; only Bowman published sets of similar size in the American market prior to 1952. I think Bedard's 1951-52 hockey set sold well enough that adding baseball images seemed financially viable, but unfortunately no similar issues followed in later seasons.
Value: I bought this VG version of #5 from a longtime dealer and friend for $20. I've seen online sites list singles in the past for $10-20, and Legendary Auctions sold a near-set for $657. (They're pretty rare, so prices are volatile, depending on how many collectors want a particular card.)
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace, but someone might've produced a direct-to-collectors version, given the rarity.