1935 R321 Goudey 4-in-1 Complete Set (36) in Two Framed Displays

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1043

Item Year: 1935

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Offered is a very attractive mid-grade complete set of 1935 R321 Goudey cards, assembled in two framed displays. The 1935 R321 Goudey series is one of the company’s most interesting efforts. Each card features four players and the set is highlighted by the legendary Babe Ruth. This was Ruth’s last card as a player. The portrait image of Ruth is a close-up detail from his 1933 Goudey card #181 dugout pose, and because the set was issued in 1935, he is identified on this card as a member of the Boston Braves. Ruth appeared in just twenty-eight games with the Braves in 1935 before retiring as a player. The reverse of these cards feature puzzle pieces, which when assembled form a large black-and-white baseball picture. The backs of this 36-card set when assembled together (as offered here) feature four of the nine puzzles that one with great patience could assemble: Tigers Team, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Indians Team. The cards overall range in grade from Good to Vg-Ex (averaging Vg), and the key card featuring Ruth grades Good due to paper loss on the right border. This is a very attractive mid-grade complete set of this classic Goudey issue, which is highlighted by twenty-three Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth’s last card as a player, and when assembled as intended the set forms four complete puzzle backs. The set is displayed in two frames, each with double-sided Plexiglass to allow viewing of the reverse. The larger frame measures 35-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches and the smaller one measures 10 x 11-3/4 inches. While this makes for an extremely appealing display, the complete set could easily be removed, if desired. Total: 36 cards assembled in two framed displays. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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