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1939 and 1940 Play Ball Collection (265) Including DiMaggio and Williams

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,851

Original-owner collection of 265 cards from the 1939 and 1940 Play Ball sets highlighted by thirty-nine Hall of Famers, including a strong example of Ted Williams' rookie card and two Joe DiMaggios. This collection consists of the following: 1) 1939 Play Ball (132 cards): 94 different. 65% grade Vg to Vg-Ex and 35% grade Fr to Gd (including a few Pr). Keys: #3 Ruffing (Vg+), two 26 DiMaggio (SGC FAIR 20 - Ex appearance downgraded due to two small edge tears - and Pr/Fr), 30 Dickey (Vg), two 50 Gehringer (Vg+ and Gd+), two 51 Ott (Vg-Ex and Gd/Vg), 53 Hubbell (Vg), two 55 Vaughan (Vg and Fr), 56 Greenberg (Vg-Ex+), and 92 Williams (SGC EX 60). 2) 1940 Play Ball (133 cards): 106 different. 71% range in grade from Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex) and 29% grade Pr to Gd. Keys: Two #6 Gomez (Ex and Vg+), 7 Dickey (Ex), three 10 Ruffing (all Ex), 21 Ferrell (Vg-Ex+), 40 Greenberg (Vg-Ex), 41 Gehringer (Fr), 46 Averill (Ex), 88 Ott (Fr), 102 Klein (Vg-Ex+), 104 P. Waner (Ex), 105 L. Waner (Vg-Ex), 107 Vaughan (Vg-Ex), two 134 Cronin (Ex and Pr), 141 Stengel (Vg), 167 Frisch (Fr), 170 Speaker (Pr/Fr), two 172 Bender (Vg-Ex+ and Gd/Vg), 173 Lajoie (Vg-Ex), 175 Mathewson (Pr), 176 Manush (Vg-Ex), and 177 Baker (Vg). This is a sizable collection of cards containing numerous highlights which would serve as an outstanding foundation for low- to mid-grade complete sets of these two classic prewar-card sets. The equivalent SMR value on just the EX 60 Ted Williams card is $1,100 (this does not include the 1939 Joe DiMaggio SGC Fair 20 or the 263 ungraded cards!) Total: 265 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,851


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