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1940 R335 Play Ball Complete Set (240): #2 PSA Registry! (7.35 GPA)

Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $44,063

Presented is an extremely high-grade complete set of the classic 1940 Play Ball set issued by Gum, Inc., by far the finest set we have ever seen or offered, all graded and encapsulated by PSA. This set would be a very significant highlight in even the most advanced world-class vintage-card collection. With all the Hall of Famers, current and past, and rare high-number series cards (#181-240), the number of noteworthy cards in this set rivals the number of common cards! 1940 Play Ball is of one of card collecting's all-time classic issues and has always been a set with a rarity that has been underappreciated in complete-set form. It is also a set that has become even rarer in complete form in recent years, due to its extraordinary break value and the inclusion of so many Hall of Famers, and several particularly high value key cards (among them Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Joe Jackson, all three of which are in Near Mint or better condition in this set). As suggested by its extraordinary across-the-board high grade, this is a beautiful complete set of this all-time classic card issue. All 240 cards in the set have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA. The set is listed as #2 on the PSA Registry with an overall GPA of 7.35. The PSA condition report is as follows: Three cards are graded MINT 9: #32, 111, and 113. Ninety-one cards are graded NM-MT 8: #6 Gomez, 10 Ruffing, 11, 14, 16, 20, 22, 27 Williams, 29, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38 Doerr, 42, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 56, 57, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 72, 74, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 86, 87 Hubbell, 88 Ott, 94, 96, 101, 102 Klein, 103, 105 Waner, 106, 118, 121, 126, 128, 130, 131, 134 Cronin, 135, 137, 138, 139, 140, 147, 150, 151, 152, 154, 157, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 169, 173 Lajoie, 174 Evers, 177 Baker, 183, 184, 189, 196, 197, 203, 206, 209, 210, 211, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, and 229. Seven cards are graded NM+ 7.5: #28, 33, 34, 40 Greenberg, 44, 90, and 227. 118 cards are graded NM 7: #1 DiMaggio, 2, 3, 7 Dickey, 12, 13 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 Berg, 39, 41 Gehringer, 43, 45, 46 Averill, 52, 54, 55, 58, 59, 64, 67, 68, 71, 73, 75, 77, 82, 84, 85, 89, 91, 92, 93, 97, 98, 99, 100, 104 Waner, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 115, 117, 119 Alexander, 120 Johnson, 123, 124, 127, 132 Mack, 133 Foxx, 136, 137 Stengel, 142 Kelly, 143, 144, 146, 148, 149, 153 McKechnie, 155, 158 Jackson, 159, 166, 167 Frisch, 168 Wagner, 170 Speaker, 171 Heilmann, 172 Bender, 175 Mathewson, 176 Manush, 178 Carey, 180 Cochrane, 182, 185, 187, 188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 212, 213, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223 Jennings, 224 Traynor, 225 Jackson, 228, 230 Faber, 231 Luque, 232 Goslin, 233, 234 Chance, 235 McGraw, 236 Bottomley, 237 Keeler, and 238 Lazzeri. Nineteen cards are graded EX-MT 6: #4 Henrich, 5, 8, 9 Keller, 69, 70, 107 Vaughan, 116, 122, 125, 129 Harris, 145, 156, 179 Sisler, 181, 208, 226 Hooper, 239, and 240. One card is graded EX+ 5.5: #95. One card is graded EX 5: #186. Seventy-seven of the cards are printed with advertising for the Superman set along the bottom of the reverse. The 1940 Play Ball set is is one of the most significant of all prewar baseball-card issues. The assembly of a set of this caliber is, very simply, an extraordinary collecting achievement. A tremendous amount of time and energy over a period of many years has been invested in its assembly. This is a world-class set of one of the most important and rarely offered of all prewar-card sets. We realize that potentially few collectors can seriously consider buying a complete set of this caliber, but for those who can make such a commitment, this set represents a remarkable and probably unique opportunity. SMR values are reasonable for this issue. 1940 Play Ball high-numbers grading PSA NM-MT 8, for example, list for $200, but when available individually at auction have often sold for a significant premium to this list value (in some cases a multiple). The total SMR value for the individual cards is $43,257. Total: 240 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$40,000+. SOLD FOR $44,063


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