1941 R330 Double Play Complete Set (75)

Sold For: $2,280

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1083

Item Year: 1941

Category: 1930s to 1940s cards

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Complete set of 1941 R330 Double Play consisting of 75 cards from this unique prewar card issue, which features two players per card and is highlighted by cards featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams (appearing on two cards), as well as many other Hall of Famers and stars of the era. Issued by Gum Products, Inc., of Cambridge, MA, this set has never received the collector interest that it deserves. R330s are much scarcer than other issues produced during the same time period, like Play Balls. Remarkably, checking our past auction results we were surprised to find that this is just the third complete set of R330s we have ever auctioned (we have sold several partial sets). Condition: 25% Ex, 39% Vg-Ex, 20% Vg, and 16% Gd (including one lower and one trimmed). We have selected four key cards to be graded by PSA. Keys: #11-12 Ripple/Lombardi (Vg+), 15-16 Owen/P. Waner (Gd), 21-22 Walker/Medwick (Vg), 23-24 Reese/Higbe (Vg-Ex+), 31-32 Ott/Young (Gd+), 33-34 Handley/Vaughan (Vg-Ex), 39-40 Mize/Slaughter (Vg+), 51-52 Newsome/Greenberg (Vg-Ex), 53-54 McCosky/Gehringer (Gd), 57-58 Williams/Tabor (EX 5), 59-60 Cronin/Foxx (Vg-Ex), 61-62 Gomez/Rizzuto (VG 3), 63-64 DiMaggio/Keller (VG+ 3.5), 65-66 Rolfe/Dickey (erased pencil on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), 67-68 Gordon/Ruffing (Ex), 69-70 Tresh/Appling (Vg-Ex+), 77-78 Krakauskas/Feller (Pr-Fr), 81-82 Williams/Cronin (VG 3), 83-84 Gordon/Keller (Gd), 85-86 Greenberg/Ruffing (Vg), 89-90 Ott/Whitehead (Vg), 99-100 Mize/Litwhiler (Vg-Ex+), 105-106 Grove/Doerr (Vg-Ex+), 119-120 L. Waner/Majeski (Ex), 131-132 Campbell/Boudreau (Vg-Ex), 139-140 Arnovich/Hubbell (Vg+), and 141-142 Riggs/Durocher (Vg-Ex). This is a very attractive medium-grade complete set of this overlooked prewar issue containing several notable highlights. The SMR value of just the four graded cards (factoring in the one half-grade at the lower whole-grade level) is $680. Total: 75 cards (representing 150 players). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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