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1933 R333 DeLong Gum "Die-Cut" Complete Set (24)

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $940

Presented is what is unquestionably the most unusual complete set of all 24 players from the 1933 R333 DeLong Gum series in existence! We've never before seen even a single "die-cut" DeLong like the cards in this set. Every card in the offered set has long ago had the background very neatly cut away around the player's image, similar to a die-cut stand-up card. The backgrounds are each cut out with such extraordinary care and at a glance they look like manufactured die-cut cards. They are not die-cut cards, of course, but they do look great! DeLongs have always held a special place in the hearts of collectors. The small size of the set, their relative rarity compared to most others card sets of the era, their unique dimensions and design, and their status as a "one-year issue" all combine to give DeLongs a mystique among serious collectors. More than half the set features Hall of Famers: Gehrig, Foxx, Grove, Cuyler, Klein, Goslin, Terry, Simmons, Traynor, Gehringer, Cochrane, Gomez, Lindstrom, Maranville, and Hafey. DeLongs are one of the rarest issues of the 1930s and have always been an expensive issue to collect, especially due to the inclusion of Lou Gehrig and all the other Hall of Famers in the set. This is certainly a very unique form to find this set. Cards come in all conditions, and that is most definitely the case here. Without reference to the “die-cut” design, the cards in this set grade Gd-Vg overall. This is an exciting opportunity for a collector to acquire a complete R333 DeLong set in a unique low-grade form at a very affordable level. These cards are from the Charlie Conlon Collection. That in itself is interesting because Charlie was one of most advanced longtime collectors in the world and he had sets of just about every rare 1930s issue. He didn't need these cards; they were duplicates. He had a high-grade set of DeLongs. But even he thought they were neat enough to put in his extraordinary collection. Sure, they've got a very unusual condition problem. But we are sure that someone is going to enjoy these as much as Charlie did. Total 24 cards. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $940

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