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1939 R303-A/B Goudey Premiums Collection (82)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,406
Collection of eighty-two 1939 Goudey Premiums representing all three different R303 Goudey Premium sets (two are complete, one is a partial set): 1) 1939 Goudey Premiums (R303-A) Partial Set (34 of 48): The R303-A set of 48 has by far always been the rarest of the three R303 sets. Missing just fourteen cards for completion (Appling, Case, Chapman, Dickey, Gomez, Keltner, Kreevich, Lombardi, Owen, Rich, Simmons, Vosmik, Warneke, and York). Keys: Averill (Vg-Ex), Cronin (Vg-Ex), Crosetti (Gd), DiMaggio (Ex), Feller (Vg-Ex), Foxx (Ex-Mt), Gehringer (Ex-Mt), Greenberg (Ex/Ex-Mt), Herman (Ex/Ex-Mt), Ott (N/Mt), Vaughan (Ex), and Ted Williams (two upper corners missing, otherwise Ex). The balance of cards grade as follows: seven cards range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), eight cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex, and seven lesser (downgraded for corners missing and/or scrapbook removal on the reverse). 2) 1939 Goudey Premiums (R303-B) Complete Set of 24 (black-and-white): 75% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), and 25% slightly lesser. Keys: Appling (Ex-Mt), Cronin (Vg-Ex), Dickey (Ex-Mt), DiMaggio (Vg-Ex/Ex), Feller (Ex/Ex-Mt), Foxx (Vg-Ex), Gomez (Nr/Mt), Greenberg (Ex), Herman (Ex-Mt), Lombardi (Ex-Mt), Ott (stain in the upper left, otherwise Ex), Simmons (Ex-Mt), Vaughan (Ex/Ex-Mt). 3) 1939 Goudey Premiums (R303-B) Complete Set of 24 (sepia-toned): 85% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), and 15% slightly lesser. Keys: Appling (Ex-Mt), Cronin (Ex-Mt), Dickey (Ex/Ex-Mt), DiMaggio (Vg-Ex/Ex), Feller (scrapbook removal on the middle of the top and bottom borders, and glue residue on the reverse, otherwise Ex), Foxx (Nr/Mt), Gomez (Ex-Mt), Greenberg (Ex/Ex-Mt), Herman (Fr), Lombardi (Ex-Mt), Ott (Ex), Simmons (Ex-Mt), Vaughan (Ex-Mt). This is a tremendous collection of R303-A and R303-B Goudey premiums, clean and crisp across the board, and it should be stressed that almost all have an Excellent or better appearance (many appear at a glance to be Near Mint to Mint, and those graded less than Ex have only an extremely minor flaw that is not immediately apparent, perhaps a tiny crease). Goudey premiums have received relatively little attention from collectors compared to traditional gum cards of the era, and a strong case can easily be made that they represent one of the best values of all 1930s baseball issues. This is an extremely impressive collection of 1939 Goudey gum-card premiums, the most complete collection we can ever recall offering, with many highlights, both in terms of condition and the remarkably high percentage of Hall of Famers and stars included. Total: 82 premiums. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,406
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