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1939 Play Ball Complete Set (161) Including Signed Joe DiMaggio
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938
Complete set of 1939 Play Balls issued by Gum, Inc. The first of three major baseball-card sets by Gum, Inc., this landmark set includes Ted Williams’ rookie card, Joe DiMaggio (this example is signed), and all of the other major stars and Hall of Famers of the era (including signed examples of Hank Greenberg and Carl Hubbell). The rarer high-number series cards (#116-162) in 1939 Play Ball have always made the assembly of a complete set particularly challenging for collectors. We have selected three cards including Ted Williams to be graded by SGC. Low Numbers (#1-115): 20% Ex (with a few Ex-Mt), 80% Vg to Vg-Ex (includes a few slightly lesser). Keys: #1 Powell (Vg), 3 Ruffing (Ex), 6 Durocher (Vg-Ex), 7 Doerr (Vg-Ex), 26 Joe DiMaggio (signed ["9"] in black ink, Vg-Ex/Ex), 30 Dickey (SGC EX/NM 80), 39 Ferrell (Gd), 48 Gomez (Gd), 50 Gehringer (slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex), 51 Ott (slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex), 53 Hubbell (signed ["8"] in black ink, Vg-Ex), 55 Vaughan (Vg), 56 Greenberg (signed ["8"] in blue ink, Vg-Ex/Ex), 82 Klein (SGC VG 40), 89 L. Waner (Ex), 92 Ted Williams RC (SGC VG 40, centered 20/80 L/R, with a light stain on the top border, even wear on the corners, and no major creases), 94 Manush (Ex), 103 Berg (Vg-Ex), 112 P. Waner (Vg). High Numbers (#116-162): 10% Ex, 90% range from Vg to Vg-Ex (includes a few slightly lesser). Key: #143 Averill (Vg-Ex/Ex). While 1939 Play Balls are numbered #1 through 162, no #126 was ever issued, making the set complete at 161 cards. 1939 Play Balls are rarely offered as a complete set. The forty-three high-number cards and the numerous Hall of Famers, in addition to Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, naturally give this set an impressive break value. This is a very attractive mid-grade set, which offers an outstanding value, and represents a relatively affordable alternative to a higher-grade set of this classic prewar gum issue. Total 161 cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/2,000. SOLD FOR $2,938
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