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1939 to 1941 Play Ball Near-Set Collection (360 cards)

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $8,225

Collection of three partially complete 1939-1941 Play Ball sets, representing a very substantial foundation for the assembly of a complete set run (360 different of the 473 cards that comprise all three sets). A few of the numerous highlights are 1939 Play Ball #26 Joe DiMaggio (SGC EX/NM 80), 1940 Play Ball #27 Ted Williams (SGC VG 40), and 1941 Play Ball #14 Ted Williams (SGC NM 84). We have selected eight cards (one 1939, one 1940, and six 1941) to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. 1) 1939 Play Ball Partial Set (112 of 161 cards): Low Numbers (#1-115, 68 cards): 45% range from Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few Ex-Mt), 55% Vg and slightly lesser. Keys: #1 Powell (Gd), 6 Durocher (Gd), 7 Doerr (70/30 L/R, o/w Vg/Vg-Ex), 26 Joe DiMaggio (SGC EX/NM 80; well centered example, with square corners, and a bright, crisp image), 30 Dickey (Pr), 39 Ferrell (70/30 L/R, o/w Ex), 48 Gomez (75/25 L/R, o/w Vg), 50 Gehringer (Vg), 51 Ott (Vg), 53 Hubbell (Vg-Ex), 55 Vaughan (Nr/Mt), 82 Klein (Ex), 89 L. Waner (Ex), 92 Ted Williams RC (Pr-Fr), 94 Manush (Ex), 112 P. Waner (Vg). High Numbers (#116-161, 28 cards): 60% range from Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few Ex-Mt), 40% Vg and slightly lesser. 2) 1940 Play Ball Partial Set (187 of 240 cards): 50% Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few Ex-Mt), 50% Vg and slightly lesser. Keys: #7 Dickey (90/10 L/R, o/w Vg), 10 Ruffing (80/20 L/R, o/w Ex), 21 Ferrell (Vg), 27 Williams (SGC VG 40, Popular second-year card is centered slightly to the right border, with a perfectly clean image of the “Splendid Splinter”), 30 Berg (10/90 L/R, o/w Gd), 38 Doerr (slight trim, o/w Gd), 46 Averill (irregular cut, o/w Vg), 87 Hubbell (Gd-Vg), 88 Ott (Gd), 102 Klein (Vg), 104 P. Waner (slight trim, o/w Vg), 107 Vaughan (Vg/Vg-Ex), 118 Hoyt (20/80 L/R, o/w Vg-Ex), 119 Alexander (90/10 L/R, o/w Vg-Ex), 120 Johnson (10/90 L/R, o/w Vg-Ex), 124 Combs (Gd), 129 Harris (Ex), 132 Mack (Vg-Ex), 133 Foxx (Gd), 134 Cronin (Vg), 142 Kelly (Vg-Ex), 153 McKechnie (two tiny tears on the left edge, o/w Nr/Mt), 158 T. Jackson (10/90 L/R, o/w Vg), 167 Frisch (Ex), 168 Wagner (Vg), 170 Speaker (Gd), 171 Heilmann (two tiny tears on the right edge, o/w Ex), 173 Lajoie (Vg-Ex/Ex), 174 Evers (10/90 L/R, o/w Ex-Mt), 175 Mathewson (Vg), 176 Manush (tiny tear on the right edge, o/w Ex-Mt), 177 Baker (Gd), 178 Carey (Ex), 179 Sisler (two tiny tears on the left edge, o/w Ex-Mt), 180 Cochrane (Gd), 223 Jennings (Gd), 224 Traynor (three tiny tears on the left edge, o/w Ex), 226 Hooper (Vg-Ex), 227 Haines (Vg-Ex), 230 Faber (Ex), 232 Goslin (Vg), 234 Chance (Ex), 235 McGraw (80/20 L/R, o/w Vg-Ex), 236 Bottomley (Gd), 237 Keeler (Vg/Vg-Ex), and 238 Lazzeri (Fr). 3) 1941 Play Ball Near-Complete Set (61 of 72 cards): Missing just eleven cards for completion (#25, 38, 51, 53, 56, 57, 62, 67, 68, 70 Dickey, and 71 DiMaggio). 45% Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few Ex-Mt and Nr/Mt), 55% Vg and slightly lesser. Keys: #1 Miller (80/20 L/R, o/w Vg), 6 Hubbell (Gd), 8 Ott (Gd), 10 Vaughan (Gd), 13 Foxx (Vg), 14 Williams (SGC NM 84), 15 Cronin (irregular cut, o/w Vg), 18 Greenberg (Pr), 19 Gehringer (20/80 L/R, o/w Vg-Ex), 20 Ruffing (slight trim, o/w Ex), 39 Henrich (Fr-Gd), 54 Reese RC (Gd), 60 Klein (30/70 T/B, o/w Ex), 61 V. DiMaggio (SGC EX 60), 63 D. DiMaggio (Vg), 64 Doerr (SGC EX 60), and 72 Gomez (trimmed on all four sides, o/w Vg). Three high-grade common cards have been graded by SGC: #16 Trosky (NM 84), 34 Hemsley (NM 84), and 41 Hayes (NM-MT 88). These three partial sets provide the foundation for a very attractive Play Ball complete set run. The equivalent SMR value for just the eight SGC-graded cards (not including the 352 ungraded cards) is $4,545. Total 360 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225


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