1936 R314 Goudey “Wide Pen” Premium Complete Set (120)

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 545

Item Year: 1936

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Issued in 1936 by Goudey Gum, and catalogued R314 in the ACC , this large format (3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches) black-and-white set is printed on thin stock and is known to collectors as "Wide Pens" because of the thick printing used for the facsimile autographs. R314 Goudey premiums were not sold in "packs" like 1933 Goudey but were actually handed out from behind the counter at candy stores with purchases of Goudey gum. Offered is an exceptional and rarely offered complete 120-card set. R314 premiums have received very little attention from collectors, in part due to the fact that they are larger than standard cards, were one of the last cards to have holders for encapsulation due to their size, and are blank-backed with no identification of the issuer. A case could be made that they represent one of the best values among all 1930s issues. Included are twenty-six Hall of Famers, highlighted by one of the earliest cards ever issued of Joe DiMaggio, dating from his rookie season. In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist. Keys: #2 Averill (Ex), 18 Cochrane (Gd), 19 Combs (Vg), 21 Cronin (Gd), 24 Cuyler (Vg), 28 Dickey (Gd), 29 DiMaggio/McCarthy (Vg), 31 Ferrell (Gd), 33 Ferrell Bros. (Vg), 38 Frisch (Gd), 40 Gehringer (Gd), 42 Gomez (Vg), 43 Goslin (Vg-Ex), 45 Greenberg (Gd-Vg), 50 Harris (Gd), 51 Hartnett (Vg), 58 Hoyt (Gd), 63 Klein (Vg), 68 Lindstrom (Ex), 69 Lombardi (Vg), 70 Lopez (Vg), 75 Medwick (Gd), 98 Simmons (Gd), 109 Vaughan (Fr), 112b L. Waner (Gd), and P. Waner (Gd). The balance of the cards grade 72% Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), and 28% Gd. The cards in the condition composite listed as Good have a Vg or better appearance but have been downgraded due to a rubber stamp on the reverse. This has always been one of the most overlooked of all 1930s gum issues, in part because for many years grading companies did not have holders for this set. (The recent introduction of larger-format holders by the grading companies now allows for professional grading and encapsulation of this issue.) The 1936 Goudey "Wide Pen" set is extremely substantial, very reasonably valued compared to other 1930s issues, and is not easily found in complete-set form. Total 120 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,763

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