1935 R321 Goudey Uncut Twelve-Card Sheet Including Babe Ruth

Sold For: $6,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1040

Item Year: 1935

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Addendum (4/28/17, 6 PM): There are a handful of very small surface wrinkles visible that are only apparent under extremely close inspection, none of which affect the Ruth card. Extremely rare uncut sheet (7 x 11.5 inches) of twelve 1935 Goudey cards including the key card to the set featuring Babe Ruth. This is an extremely large partial production sheet (most of the few known uncut panel examples have fewer cards) and actually represents one-half of a complete twenty-four card 1935 Goudey production sheet. We've never seen a complete sheet; this is the closest. The reverse of the 1935 Goudey cards feature puzzle pieces, which when assembled form a large black-and-white baseball picture. One of the most fascinating qualities of an uncut 1935 Goudey sheet, in addition to the novelty of its great rarity, is that when turned over one can view the reverse puzzle already assembled, as it appeared before being cut. The reverse of this twelve-card panel features the American League Champions - Detroit Tigers in a traditional team photo. The fronts of these cards include Babe Ruth's last card as a player. The image of Ruth used in this set is actually a close-up detail from his 1933 Goudey card #181 dugout pose; because the set was issued in 1935, he is identified on this card as a member of the Boston Braves. Ruth appeared in just 28 games with the Braves in 1935 before retiring as a player. 1935 Goudey is one of the company's most interesting efforts. Each card features four players. Among the 48 players featured on this twelve-card uncut sheet are nineteen Hall of Famers. In addition to Babe Ruth, they include Dizzy Dean, Jimmie Foxx, Frankie Frisch, Charlie Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, Burleigh Grimes, Chuck Klein, Kiki Cuyler, Paul Waner, Waite Hoyt, Lloyd Waner, Jim Bottomley, Bill Terry, Rabbit Maranville, Luke Appling, Heinie Manush, Earl Averill, and Travis Jackson. Like all Goudeys, R321s were originally printed on 24-card sheets. 1935 Goudeys are a lot rarer in sheet form than other 1930s Goudey issues. The few sheets that were included in the Great Goudey find of 1969 were all cut into panels, the puzzle backs long ago apparently encouraging their being hand-cut according to the puzzle backs. We have yet to see a full 24-card sheet that has escaped this fate. This sheet is bright, and clean, both front and back, with no creases, and perfect colors. As a point of reference, the last example we sold, appeared as Lot 556 in our May 2008 auction, where it realized $8,812. The sheet is beautifully and very expensively framed (with double-sided Plexiglass to allow viewing of the reverse) to total dimensions of 13.5 x 18 inches. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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