1941 Gum, Inc. Play Ball Full Uncut Production Sheet (#25-48)

Sold For: $12,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1078

Item Year: 1941

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Offered is one of card collecting's rarest uncut sheets: a complete 24-card uncut Gum, Inc., production sheet of 1941 Play Ball. This sheet features the second series of twenty-four cards in the set (#25-48). Full 24-card production sheets of 1941 Play Ball are so rare that we are aware of fewer than ten known examples. This is only the second time we handled a second series sheet! This is part of an incredible three-sheet offering in this auction in which each of the three series is presented in sheet form, representing what we believe to be the only complete 1941 Play Ball set in uncut sheet form. This is an extraordinary sheet in all respects. Perfectly bright and clean, both front and back, and with flawless color, the sheet has obviously been stored under ideal conditions since 1941. The interior cards are well-preserved with only a few light surface creases visible upon close inspection. There are a couple tiny paper repairs on the bottom edge (on the center and left side), of no consequence and mentioned strictly for accuracy. Considering the age and odd size of this sheet, it is amazing that it survived without more serious condition issues. Play Ball sheets are of a far greater rarity than Goudey and other uncut gum-card sheets of this era. It is interesting to note that Play Balls were printed in vertical 24-card sheets, as opposed to the horizontal format of Goudey sheets. This is an incredible rarity that would make a tremendous addition to any uncut sheet collection or companion to any 1941 Play Ball set. The sheet measures 10 x 18.75 inches, and is beautifully and very expensively framed (with double-sided Plexiglass to allow viewing of the reverse) to total dimensions of 16 x 25 inches. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate $10,000+.

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