1940 R335 Play Ball Near-Complete Set (196/240)

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 847

Item Year: 1940

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a rarely offered and extremely consistent near-complete set of the classic 1940 Play Ball set issued by Gum, Inc. consisting of 196 different cards (out of 240 in a complete set). With all the Hall of Famers, current and past, and rare high-number series cards (#181 thru 240), the number of noteworthy cards in this set rivals the number of common cards. 1940 Play Ball has always been a difficult set, and the rarity of complete or even near-complete sets has been underappreciated. Condition of the offered near-complete set is 32% Ex, 45% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 23% lesser. We have submitted eight cards to be graded by PSA. Keys: #1 DiMaggio (FR 1.5), 6 Gomez (Fr), 7 Dickey (Fr), 10 Ruffing (Vg-Ex+), 21 Ferrell (Ex), 27 Williams (GOOD 2), 30 Berg (Fr), 38 Doerr (Vg), 41 Gehringer (Gd+), 46 Averill (Vg-Ex), 87 Hubbell (Gd), 88 Ott (VG+ 3.5), 102 Klein (Vg), 104 P. Waner (Vg-Ex), 105 L. Waner (pencil mark on front, otherwise Vg-Ex), 107 Vaughan (Pr-Fr), 119 Alexander (Pr), 120 Johnson (VG-EX 4), 124 Combs (Ex), 129 Harris (Gd), 132 Mack (Vg), 133 Foxx (VG-EX 4), 134 Cronin (Vg-Ex), 141 Stengel (Vg-Ex), 142 Kelly (Ex), 153 McKechnie (Vg+), 158 T. Jackson (Ex+), 167 Frisch (EX 5), 168 Wagner (VG-EX+ 4.5), 170 Speaker (Gd+), 171 Heilmann (Vg-Ex), 172 Bender (Vg+), 173 Lajoie (Vg+), 174 Evers (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 175 Mathewson (EX 5), 176 Manush (Fr), 177 Baker (Ex), 178 Carey (Ex), 179 Sisler (Ex), 180 Cochrane (Vg-Ex+), 223 Jennings (Vg-Ex+), 226 Hooper (Ex), 227 Haines (Vg-Ex+), 235 McGraw (Ex), 236 Bottomley (Pr), and 37 Keeler (Vg). This is rare opportunity to aquire an extremely attractive near-complete set of this all-time classic vintage gum-card issue, at a fraction of what a high-grade set would command. The SMR value for just the eight graded cards is $800. Total: 196 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.


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