Issued in 1939 by Goudey Gum, and catalogued R303-B in the American Card Catalog
, this large format (4-3/4 x 7-3/8 inches) series is printed on thin stock and was issued in black and white as well as sepia. Offered is an exceptional partial set (13/24), all of the black-and-white variety. Included are five Hall of Famers, featuring a Joe DiMaggio example graded EX 60 by SGC. Goudey selected the greatest stars of the day for inclusion in this instructional set. The reverse of each features playing tips on the finer points of the game. In the following listing, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards
checklist. The collection consists of the following:
#1 Appling (HOF), 2 Case, 3 Chapman, 6 J. DiMaggio (HOF, SGC EX 60), 10 Goodman, 11 Gordon (HOF), 13 Heath, 14 Herman (HOF), 16 Keltner, 17 Kreevich, 18 Lombardi (HOF), 19 Mancuso, and 23 Vosmik. Condition ranges from Vg-Ex to Ex. All premiums are centered 65/35 or better, with strong corners and a clean and crisp appearance. Downgraded solely for a warped appearance to the side edges, most likely the result of removal from a scrapbook. Each of these cards is still far superior to what is normally encountered with Goudey premiums, which are so susceptible to minor condition flaws, like wrinkling or light corner wear, because of the stock on which they are printed. Goudey premiums have received relatively little attention from collectors compared to traditional gum cards of the era (in part because only in very recent years have the grading companies designed holders for cards of this size), and a case can easily be made that they represent one of the best values of all 1930s Goudey baseball issues. One of the most interesting, unusual, and overlooked Goudey issues. Total: 13 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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