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1933-1938 Goudey Gum Baseball Card Collection (261) Including Four Babe Ruths and Three Lou Gehrigs
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,295
Original-owner "shoebox" collection of 261 prewar cards, all Goudey gum cards (with the exception of fifty-six 1934-1936 Diamond Stars), mostly different but includes some duplicates, spanning the years 1933 to 1938, including representation from nine different classic issues, with numerous Hall of Famers and additional highlights, including Ty Cobb, four Babe Ruths, three Lou Gehrigs, Jimmie Foxx, and Hank Greenberg. These cards have been consigned directly from a friend of the original owner, who as a youngster personally saved these cards in the 1930s. Sixteen cards have been graded by PSA. Many cards in this collection have an appearance superior to their technically accurate assigned grades. 1) 1933 R338 Sport Kings (16 cards): #1 Cobb (Fr), 5 Wachter (Fr-Gd), 14 (Vg-Ex), 17 Dempsey (Pr), 29 Bailey (Ex), 30 Johnson (Gd), 31 (Gd), 33 Burke (Gd), 34 (Ex), 35 Rockne (PSA GOOD 2 mk), 36 Hoppe (Pr), 37 Madison (Vg-Ex), 39 (Pr), 40 (Vg), 41 (Vg), and 43 Carnera (Gd). 2) 1933 R319 Goudey (47 cards): #5 Herman (Vg-Ex/Ex), 20 Terry (PSA VG-EX 4), 44 Bottomley (Gd), 62 Martin (PSA VG-EX 4), 63 Cronin (PSA EX-MT 6), 64 Grimes (Vg), 76 Cochrane (Fr), 79 Faber (Vg-Ex/Ex), 92 Gehrig (Fr-Gd), 109 Cronin (Vg), 110 Goslin (PSA VG 3), 127 Ott (Fr), 149 Ruth (PSA PR 1 mk), 165 Sewell (Pr), 187 Manush (Vg), 188 Hornsby (Gd), and 234 Hubbell (Pr). The balance of the cards grade Vg overall. 3) 1934 R320 Goudey (37 cards): #10 Klein (Fr-Gd), 13 Frisch (Pr), 19 Grove (Gd), 22 Vaughan (Gd), 23 Gehringer (Gd), 27 Appling (Gd), 37 Gehrig (Fr-Gd), 61 Gehrig (Fr), and 62 Greenberg (Vg-Ex/Ex). The balance of the cards grade Gd-Vg overall. 4) 1934-1936 R327 Diamond Stars (56 cards): #1 Grove (Pr), 2 Simmons (Vg-Ex), 14 Terry (PSA VG 3), 16 Waner (Vg-Ex), 18 Hafey (Vg), 27 Traynor (PSA PR 1), 28 Lopez (Gd-Vg), 31 Cuyler (Pr), 32 Rice (Gd), 35 Averill (Gd), 39 Hubbell (PSA PR 1), 40 (PSA EX 5), 48 Ferrell (PSA PR 1), 52 (PSA EX+ 5.5), 59 Bottomley (Vg), 66 Medwick (trimmed), 70 (PSA EX 5), 74 Lazzeri (PSA EX 5), 91 Harris (Vg/Vg-Ex), 95 Appling (PSA PR 1), and 105 Lombardi (Vg-Ex). The balance of the cards range from Vg to Ex (with a few slightly lesser). 5) 1935 R321 Goudey (68 cards, 31 different out of 36): Missing the following five cards for completion: Cronin/Bishop, Cochrane/Simmons, Manush/Hadley, Terry/Jackson, and Blanton/Herman. Keys: Adams/Bottomley (Gd), four Appling (Vg and three Gd), two Averill/Trosky (Vg and Fr), three Bartell/Ott (Vg and two Pr), two Berry/Vance (Vg and Gd), Bonura/Lyons (Pr), Bottomley/Comorsky (Gd), three Ruth/Maranville (PSA GOOD 2, Fr, Pr), two Cochrane/Gehringer (both Vg), three Waners/Hoyt (two Gd and Fr), Dean/Frisch (Gd), Crowder/Goslin (Pr), two Cuyler/Grimes/Klein (Gd and Fr), five Dickey/Lazzeri/Ruffing (three Vg and two Gd), two Fox/Greenberg (both Gd), two Foxx (both Gd), R. Ferrell/W. Ferrell (Pr), and three Traynor (Vg, Fr, Pr). The balance of the cards grade Gd overall. 6) 1936 R322 Goudey (25 cards): two Cochrane (both Pr), two Cuyler (Vg and Pr), two Ferrell (Vg and Pr), two Gomez (both Gd), Greenberg (Gd), Klein (Gd-Vg), and P. Waner (Gd). The balance of the cards grade Fair overall. 7) 1936 R314 Goudey "Wide Pens" (6 cards): Cochrane (Gd), two Feller (Vg and Pr), and three commons (two Vg and Gd). 8) 1937 R342 Goudey Thum Movies (2 booklets): #7 Appling (Gd) and 13 (Gd). 9) 1938 R326 Goudey Big League Baseball Movies (4 booklets): #1 (part 2, Pr), 2 (part 2, Pr), 5 (part 1, Pr), and 7 Appling (part 2, Pr). This is a very substantial, unique, and eclectic representation of classic card issues from the prewar era, a collection (and education in 1930s bubble-gum cards!) unto itself, including (as can easily be seen) many highlights. Total: 261 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,295
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