1938 R323 Goudey "Heads-Up" Complete Low Number Series Uncut Sheet with Joe DiMaggio (24 Cards)

Sold For: $54,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1046

Item Year: 1938

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Complete and extremely rare 24-card production sheet of the classic 1938 R323 Goudey "Heads-Up" series (featuring the twenty-four low-number cards numbered from #241 to #264), highlighted by nine Hall of Famers including Joe DiMaggio, Jimmy Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, and Charlie Gehringer. 1938 Goudey sheets are particularly rare. As can easily be seen looking back at old catalogs, they are far rarer than even 1933 and 1934 Goudey sheets. This is the first uncut 1938 Goudey sheet that we have ever presented at auction! A total of two different sheets comprise the entire 1938 set in uncut sheet form, and to the best of our knowledge, no collector has the complete set in sheets. The sheet has a Near Mint overall appearance with striking colors and flawless registration. Upon close inspection, there is evidence of very faint creasing and surface wrinkles in several areas (more visible from the reverse), which affects many of the cards, but due to its size these minor flaws (which are mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) have little or no impact on the sheet's extremely impressive and extraordinary display value. There are four staple holes affecting cards of Vosmik, Radcliff, Lombardi, and Kennedy, which almost certainly relates to the sheet's storage long ago in the Goudey Gum Company archive file books (which were discovered and dispersed to the four corners of the collecting world in 1969). The reverse of the sheet is fully printed, and is perfectly bright and clean. This is a beautiful sheet! As a point of reference, a similar uncut low-number sheet, which showed evidence of restoration (common to uncut sheets) sold at a Christie's auction in October 2016 for $50,000. Uncut sheets of Goudey cards are extremely rare and among the most popular and sought-after of all baseball-card sheets. The sheet measures 14-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches and has also been very professionally and expensively double-side matted and framed (so both the front and back can be viewed) to dimensions of 20-1/4 x 17-1/2 inches. Opening Bid $10,000. Estimate $30,000+.

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