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1933 R319 Goudey Uncut Sheet with Five Hall of Famers Including #181 Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $29,375
Complete and extremely rare 24-card production sheet of 1933 R319 Goudey "Big League" Chewing Gum cards (featuring the twenty-four cards numbered from #166 to #189), highlighted by one of the four key Babe Ruth cards in the set (#181). Any uncut 1933 Goudey sheet would be a highlight in even the most advanced collection, but a sheet with Babe Ruth (and there are very few) has an even greater universal appeal, and can be easily appreciated as a museum-caliber card-related display piece by any card collector. Fewer than one-hundred Goudey sheets from all baseball series are known to exist and only a small number of these include Babe Ruth. This sheet also includes an additional four Hall of Famers: #168 Goose Goslin, 187 Heinie Manush, 188 Rogers Hornsby, and 189 Joe Cronin. The 1933 Goudey set is the first of all modern gum-card issues and the most important of all Goudey issues. Uncut sheets of Goudey cards are extremely rare and among the most popular and sought-after of all baseball-card sheets. Few types of uncut sheets are held in higher esteem, are more meaningful to more collectors, or more ideal for display. Goudey sheets have always been considered the blue-chip staple of vintage uncut sheets, the standard against which the desirability and rarity of all other vintage uncut sheets are compared. The offered sheet originates long ago directly from the files of Goudey. The sheet is spectacularly bright and clean, with just the slightest fade to the still bold and vibrant colors, and a stunning overall Excellent to Mint appearance. There are small staple holes in all four corners (related to storage as an official file copy sheet by Goudey) and light creasing on both the top and bottom left corners, but due to its size these minor flaws have no impact on the sheet's extremely impressive and extraordinary display value. The impressive reverse of the sheet is fully and boldly printed, with a small "#7" and a check mark written in pencil in the top right corner (this is a notation by the printer or Goudey official noting approval), five very small pieces of white tape on the edges (three on top, one on right side, one on bottom, removable if desired) from once being framed in a different manner, and the slightest hint of excess red print in the center of the reverse from the original printing process. This is a stunning sheet! Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $29,375
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