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1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut Card PSA-Graded Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
Four high-grade examples, including two Hall of Famers, from the R304 Demaree die-cuts series issued by Chicago’s Dietz Gum Company in 1934, each graded and encapsulated by PSA: #20 Red Kress (PSA NM 7, highest graded), 96 Hack Wilson (PSA VG 3, HOF), 102 Ernie Lombardi (PSA EX 5, HOF), and #118 Ed Holley (PSA EX 5). Three of these cards (Wilson, Lombardi, and Holley) are the only examples ("1 of 1") graded by PSA with no other examples at any level. The other, #20 Kress, is the highest graded example from a total of three graded by PSA. Wilson, Lombardi, and Holley are very recently discovered cards and are not listed in the 2006 Standard Catalog checklist. A total of only fourteen R304s have ever been graded to date by PSA. This auction includes an extraordinary collection of ten of these fourteen R304s graded by PSA, all ten consigned by the same longtime very advanced collector, four of which are represented by the cards in this lot. Demaree die-cuts are among the rarest of all 1930s gum issues. Their unusual design combines black-and-white photographic player portraits with cartoon body art drawn by former Major League pitcher Al Demaree (hence the name “Demaree die-cuts”). These four R304s are each complete with tabs intact. This is a very sharp-looking group, with #20 Kress actually appearing Nr/Mt-Mt to our eye, #96 Hack Wilson with an overall appearance far superior to its technically accurate assigned grade (downgraded from Ex due to a light crease on the tab and head, both of which are not distracting; we grade this card Vg-Ex), #102 Lombardi appearing very generously graded (we grade this card about Vg-Ex), and #118 Holley very fairly graded at Ex. This is a very attractive collection, including Hall of Famers Hack Wilson and Ernie Lombardi, of one of card collecting's rarest 1930s gum issues. Total 4 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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