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1934-1936 R318 Batter-Up Complete Set PSA-Graded (192)

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $37,700.00

Presented is one of the finest complete sets of R318 National Chicle "Batter Ups" to ever be assembled. The complete set of all 192 cards has been graded in its entirety by PSA. 124 cards range in grade from Excellent to Nr/Mt-Mt, sixty-five cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex, and just three cards grade Good. Their striking colors, unusual standup design, and rarity compared to other 1930s sets make "Batter Ups" one of the most fascinating, distinctive, and difficult-to-complete of all sets from the 1930s. This classic 1930s gum card set, issued by National Chicle over a period of three years (1934-1936), includes an incredible fifty-three Hall of Famers. The rare high-number series cards (#'s 81 thru 192), which represent over half the cards in the set, make completing the "Batter Up" set one of the greatest challenges of all 1930s cards. This is a high-grade set, which is particularly noteworthy for R318 "Batter Ups." Cards from this set are very difficult to find in high-grade. These cards are designed with diecut backgrounds which can be punched out and folded back to allow each card to stand up. Because of this design, many R318s are naturally found in damaged condition, and in many cases are found with the diecut backgrounds entirely lost. All of the card backgrounds in this high-grade set are complete and intact. This is a very carefully assembled set, put together one card at a time, with a concern not just for technical condition, but for the overall eye-appeal of each card. Even the few lowest graded cards in the set each have a far superior appearance than that suggested by their assigned PSA grades. This is not an accident! This extraordinarily high-grade set is the result of literally years of devoted collecting and upgrading. The PSA grading report is as follows: Ten NM-MT 8: #44, 50, 52, 54, 56, 57 Greenberg, 59, 70, 104, and 130 Gehringer. Fifteen NM 7: #24 Averill, 26, 58, 69, 71, 79, 121, 122 Lindstrom, 123, 125, 141, 145 Medwick, 165, 169, and 177. Thirty-three EX-MT 6: #1 Berger, 3 Lopez, 8 Bottomley, 9, 14 Traynor, 17 Waner, 22, 25 Cochrane, 29, 32 Cronin, 33 Frisch, 37 Maranville, 55, 60, 62, 64 Dean, 66, 67, 77 Manush, 91, 105, 106, 126 Ferrell, 131, 140, 144 Foxx, 154, 158, 159, 167, 181, 187, and 190. Sixty-six EX 5: #2, 5 Hubbell, 6 Terry, 10 Ferrell, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 Hafey, 18, 19, 20, 21 Vaughn, 23 Gomez, 27 Ott, 30 Dickey, 34 Simmons, 35 Hornsby, 36 Lyons, 38, 42 Gehringer, 43, 46, 47, 49, 53, 61, 68, 74, 75, 76, 80, 81, 88, 90, 95, 96, 101 (MK), 102, 103, 108, 109, 111 Hayes/Lyons, 113 Averill, 114, 118, 119 Lyons, 132, 133, 135, 136 Hartnett, 138 Herman, 139, 147, 156 Durocher, 157 Waner, 173 Frisch, 174, 175, 176, 178, 180 Jackson, 182, 183 Cronin, 184, and 191. Forty-six VG-EX 4: #4, 28 Foxx, 31 Grove, 39, 40, 41, 45 Lazzeri, 51, 63, 72, 73 Wilson, 78, 82, 83, 84, 85 Goslin, 94, 97, 98 (MK), 100 Traynor, 110, 120, 124 Appling, 128, 137, 143, 146, 148, 149 Berg, 150, 151, 152, 155, 161, 162, 163, 166, 168 (MK), 170 (MK), 171, 179 Bottomley, 185 Klein, 186, 188, 189, and 192 (last card in set). Nineteen VG 3: #7, 48, 65, 86 Gomez, 87 (MK), 89, 92, 93, 99 (MK), 115 Andrews/Bottomley, 116, 117 Dickey, 127, 129 Lombardi, 142, 153 Grove, 160, 164, and 172. Three GOOD 2: #107, 112, and 134. The R318 Batter-Up set is universally recognized as one of the most significant of all prewar baseball card issues. Very few complete sets exist. This is by far the finest set we have ever seen. The assembly of a set of this caliber is an extraordinary collecting achievement. This is one of only three completely-graded R318 "Batter Up" sets ever assembled, and the very first completely-graded set of "Batter Ups" to ever appear at auction. This is world-class set of one of the most important and rarely-offered of all 1930s gum-card sets. Common low-numbers list in SMR for $45 in Ex, $75 in Ex-Mt, $145 in Nr/Mt, and $300 in Nr/Mt-Mt; common high-numbers list for $70 in Ex, $125 in Ex-Mt, $200 in Nr/Mt, and $450 Nr/Mt-Mt; the fifty-three Hall of Famers list at similarly modest levels. Even at these values, the total SMR value of the set (not including the eighteen cards graded VG 3 and the three cards graded Good 2) is $21,861. Total 192 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $37,700.00


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