1935 Rice-Stix Dizzy Dean

Sold For: $1,680

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 823

Item Year: 1935

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Only four examples grade higher. Superb example of Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean from the 1935 Rice-Stix series, issued by a St. Louis clothing manufacturer. The Dean brothers, Dizzy and Paul, comprise a complete two-card set. The Rice-Stix cards are one of the rarest, most colorful, unusual, and highest-quality card sets of the era. Few card issues of any era can compare with the beauty and production quality of Rice-Stix cards. They are often overlooked by collectors, primarily because they are so rare, but also because the set has just two cards. The offered card is an extremely strong example, with outstanding centering, brilliant colors, and even wear at the corners. A faint crease near the bottom is responsible for the assigned grade. The reverse is clean and boldly printed. When Paul “Daffy” Dean joined his brother “Dizzy” on the Cardinals in 1934, Dizzy predicted that, between them, they would win 45 games. Incredibly, his boast was an underestimate, as the brothers went on to win a combined 49 games! The Deans carried their excellence into the 1934 World Series, where they accounted for all four of the Cardinals’ wins. These rare cards were produced not long after their World Series heroics. This is an extremely desirable and very seldom offered sample from this rare and striking set. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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