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1933 R319 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $20,145
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Exceptionally strong VG/EX 50 SGC-graded 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie. For the grade, this is one of the best 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie cards in the world! Extremely strong example of this legendary rarity that was assigned a technically accurate grade of Vg-Ex, but that without question has the appearance of Excellent condition. Bright, crisp, and fresh, both front and back, with perfect colors and flawless registration. This is a magnificent example, with no print lines or other printing flaws, and virtually perfect centering. In fact, only a few scattered pinpoint age spots and the slightest hint of corner wear keep this gem from an EX-MT appearance. The card has been downgraded from EX due to very slight toning (primarily in the upper right on the reverse, barely visible) and a few insignificant touches of surface abrasions, also on the reverse. This is a great-looking card! From an old-time collection, it was a particularly pleasant surprise when this card arrived in a package at our office unexpected, unannounced, and ungraded. We don't think this Lajoie has ever been offered for sale or auction previously, at least not in modern collecting times. It is an outstanding example that shares virtually all elements in common with examples of a much higher grade. The 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie, of course, was not actually printed until 1934. When the 1933 set was issued, no #106 card was produced. #106 Lajoie was printed in 1934, and was available only by mail to those few dedicated collectors who took the time to write to Goudey to complain that they could not find #106 to complete their 1933 Goudey sets. The 1933 Goudey set is universally recognized as the most important of all 1930s gum-card issues. #106 Lajoie is the most significant and valuable of all 1930s cards and is widely regarded as one of the three most important of all baseball cards (the others being the famous T206 Wagner and Plank). This is an exceptional example in an extremely desirable grade. Bright, fresh, and crisp with brilliant colors, and with an overall appearance significantly stronger than its technically accurate assigned grade of Vg-Ex condition. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grade is $18,000. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000+. SOLD FOR $20,145
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