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Lot # 546 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1936 V355 World Wide Gum #51 Joe DiMaggio Rookie

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $15,275

Graded EX 5 by PSA. One of just three examples graded at this level, with only one example graded higher by PSA. Presented is a stunning high-grade example of Joe DiMaggio's Major League rookie card from this rare, unusual, and very substantial 1930s Canadian Goudey issue. This is an exceptional example of one of the most classic and sought-after of all Joe DiMaggio cards. We have always been particularly amused at the use of DiMaggio's long forgotten nickname ("Deadpan Joe") which appears prominently on the back of this card. He earned this nickname during his record-setting hitting streaks in the PCL, but it didn't follow him to the majors, except here, on DiMaggio's first Big League World Wide Gum card. The card displays a crisp, perfectly focused image, and four square corners displaying only the lightest hint of even wear (predominately the bottom left). The card is centered towards the bottom left borders (approximately 40/60 L/R and 65/35 T/B), with just a very slight tilt to the image. The reverse is clean with bold black text printed in both English and French. This is the finest example of this important card we have ever offered. Solid Excellent condition card with fantastic eye-appeal and stronger-than-Excellent overall appearance. SMR value for the assigned grade is $6,250. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275

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