1948 R346 Blue Tint Complete Set (48)

Sold For: $2,015

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 504

Item Year: 1948

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Complete 48-card set of 1948 R346 Blue Tint cards, highlighted by several Hall of Famers, including Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams. R346 is a fascinating vintage set, which includes many great stars and which has received very little attention. This series was originally issued in strips of six or eight cards, which were intended to be handcut by youngsters. Twenty-seven of the forty-eight cards (56%) in the set are graded and encapsulated by PSA. Cards from this set are often in somewhat rough condition (miscut, creases, back damage, etc.). This group is comprised of cards far nicer than usually found for this issue. Most of these cards are fresh, clean, nicely cut, very impressive examples. We have downgraded some cards from Ex (or better) condition mostly due to very light creases (or in a few cases tearing) along the top or bottom border related to being separated. Because these are handcut cards, PSA does not always assign R346s a numerical grade, though we are not always certain why some examples have been graded numerically according to the population report and others are encapsulated as "Authentic." We believe the determining factor is whether the blue cutting lines are completely undisturbed. The PSA grades are as follows: Two EX-MT 6: #17 and 18 Ott. Seven EX 5: #9, 13, 32, 33, 37, 41 Thomson, and 45. Eight VG-EX 4: #5, 8, 16 DiMaggio, 21, 24, 25, 29 Gehrig, and 40. Ten Authentic: #7 Kiner, 10 Appling, 20 Spahn, 26, 30 Mize, 34 Slaughter, 35 Greenberg, 36 Robinson, 44 Williams, and 46. All of these are encapsulated Authentic (rather than a number grade) because one or two blue lines are missing relating to when these cards were handcut as intended. Twenty-one Ungraded: #1 (Pr), 2 Durocher (Gd), 3 (Pr), 4 (Gd), 6 (Vg), 11 (Gd), 12 (Vg), 14 (Vg), 15 (Fr), 19 (Gd), 22 Boudreau (Vg), 23 (Ex), 27 (Gd), 28 (Vg), 31 (Gd), 38 (Vg-Ex), 39 (Ex), 42 (Gd), 43 Feller (Gd), 47 (Ex), and 48 (Fr). The grades listed for the twenty-one ungraded cards are without reference to one or two blues lines missing. This is a very clean, impressive, great group of cards, which includes a particularly high concentration of Hall of Famers, and very strong examples of Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Total: 48 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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