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1941 Gum Inc. Play Ball Full Uncut Production Sheet (24 cards)

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $25,875.00

Offered is one of card collecting's rarest uncut sheets: a complete 24-card uncut production sheet of Gum Inc.'s 1941 Play Ball. Sheets of 1941 Play Ball are so rare that, to the best of our knowledge, this is the very first 1941 Play Ball uncut sheet to ever come to auction. The sheet features the first series of 24 cards of the set (#'s 1-24), including the following nine Hall of Famers: #6 Carl Hubbell, #8 Mel Ott, #10 Arky Vaughan, #13 Jimmie Foxx, #14 Ted Williams, #15 Joe Cronin, #18 Hank Greenberg, #19 Charlie Gehringer, and #20 Red Ruffing. This is an extraordinary sheet in all respects. Perfectly bright and clean, both front and back, and with flawless color, the sheet has obviously been stored under ideal conditions since 1941. This is one of only four 1941 Play Ball 24-card production sheets (not to be confused with the scarce 12-card 1941 Play Ball paper issue card sheets) known to exist. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other example of this first series sheet in existence. Aside from a tiny pen mark near #23 McQuinn's foot, a blemish the size of a couple of pin heads on #24 Dutch Leonard, and the lightest, virtually undetectable small blemish in the background of #18 Greenberg, all of which are faults of no consequence and which are mentioned strictly for the sake of extreme accuracy, the sheet is in extraordinary Near Mint condition, with almost all of the individual cards on the sheet technically grading Mint condition. This pristine sheet, presented at auction for the first time ever, is one of the best and rarest sheets in the hobby. Play Ball sheets are of a far greater rarity than Goudey and other museum-quality uncut gum-card sheets of this era. It is interesting to note that Play Balls were printed in vertical 24-card sheets, as opposed to the horizontal format of Goudey sheets. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a photograph of a Play Ball uncut sheet has ever even been published. The sheet measures 10 x 18.75 inches, and is beautifully and very expensively framed (with double-sided Plexiglass to allow viewing of the reverse) to total dimensions of 16 x 25 inches. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $25,875.00

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