1933 R319 Goudey Baseball Wrapper Hoard (162 wrappers!)

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 539

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Collection of 162 wrappers including various quantities (as noted) of each of seven different variations from the classic 1933 Goudey baseball card issue. This massive hoard of Goudey wrappers (by far the largest we have ever encountered) accompanied a large original "childhood" collection of Goudey Gum cards that was assembled in 1933, saved for decades by the family of the original owner, and consigned to this auction. Each of these wrappers was used to package the classic 1933 Goudeys, the most famous and popular of all baseball cards of the early 1930s. Different wrappers were used at different times by the Goudey Gum Co. during the 1933 season. Several of these wrapper styles saw very limited use and are extremely scarce. (All eight different 1933 Goudey styles are represented with the exception of the "ad type front - 6 figure" style). The colorful wrappers are all very attractive, of course, as they were designed specifically to attract attention to the company's product. These very wrappers once housed many of the cards in the collection that are offered elsewhere in this auction! The collection consists of the following (quantities listed in parentheses): 1) batter type front - 3 corner (37 wrappers). 2) batter type front - 4 corner (32 wrappers). 3) batter type front - 3 figure (22 wrappers). 4) batter type front - 6 figure (29 wrappers including two white variations). 5) ad type front - 3 corner (20 wrappers). 6) ad type front - 4 corner (11 wrappers). 7) ad type front - 3 figure (11 wrappers). The wrappers grade Vg-Ex overall. This series of wrappers is rarely offered in such large quantity. They are also a relatively clean group, surprisingly well preserved. Goudey wrappers are highly prized by both prewar baseball-wrapper and card collectors. Total 162 wrappers. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $2,938

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