1933 V353 World Wide Gum Near-Complete Set (87/94) Including 53 PSA-Graded Cards

Sold For: $6,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 806

Item Year: 1933

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Outstanding and very rarely seen near-complete set of 1933 V353 Canadian Goudeys. This near-complete set of 1933 V353 World Wide Gum includes eight-seven different of the ninety-four cards in the set. Also included are three additional variations (backs printed in both English and French) for a total of ninety cards. Missing just seven cards for completion (#44 Bottomley, 53 Quinn, 55 Gehrig, 68 Kamm, 74 Durocher, 80 Ruth, and 93 Ruth). The offered near-complete set is highlighted by twenty-one Hall of Famers. Very similar to the classic 1933 Goudey set issued in the United States, this is the rare Canadian version issued by Goudey's World Wide Gum. Only 94 cards were issued in the Canadian set, as opposed to 240 cards in the U.S. set. The V353 World Wide Gum series (commonly referred as “Canadian Goudeys”) is identical in design to its American counterparts on the fronts, but with the text on the backs printed in French and English, or entirely in English, and with the first 52 cards sharing the same card number on the back, while players numbered 53 to 94 have different numbers in the American series. A total of fifty-three cards are professionally graded by PSA. Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (1 card): #90 L. Waner (HOF). NM 7 (14 cards): #1 Bengough (OC), 2 Vance (HOF), 8, 15, 17, 20 Terry (HOF), 42 E. Collins (HOF), 54 Faber (HOF), 56, 66, 73 (OC), 77, 89 J. Sewell (HOF), and 94. EX-MT+ 6.5 (1 card): #81. EX-MT 6 (18 cards): #3, 4, 19 Dickey (HOF), 22 Traynor (HOF), 23 Cuyler (HOF), 35 Simmons (HOF), 36, 43, 46, 47 Manush (HOF), 49 Frisch (HOF), 50, 51, 59, 69 Cochrane (HOF), 71, 78, and 85 Foxx (HOF). EX+ 5.5 (1 card): #86. EX 5 (10 cards): #7 Lyons (HOF), 26, 32, 52, 58 O'Doul, 60 Hoyt (HOF), 62 Martin, 63 Cronin (HOF), 76, and 79. VG-EX 4 (4 cards): #13, 39, 61, and 65. VG 3 (2 cards): #29 Foxx (HOF) and 64 Grimes (HOF). GOOD 2 (1 card): #5. PR-FR 1 (1 card): #25 P. Waner (HOF). The thirty-seven ungraded cards grade as follows: eight Ex-Mt or better, fourteen Vg-Ex to Ex, five Vg, and ten lesser. The majority of the backs in the offered near-complete set are bilingual, but sixteen cards are English only. The V353 World Wide Gum set represents a fascinating variation to the classic 1933 Goudey set, and cards from this set are considerably rarer than their American Goudey counterparts. This is an exceptionally attractive near-complete set (missing just seven cards) of this rare, unusual, and very substantial 1930s Canadian Goudey issue. The total SMR value for just fifty-one of the graded cards (excluding the two cards with qualifiers) is $4,727. Total: 90 cards (87 different plus three variations). Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.

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