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1933 R319 Goudey Uncut Sheet with Five Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $9,988

Complete 24-card production sheet of 1933 Goudey "Big League" Chewing Gum cards (#195-213). This sheet includes five Hall of Famers: #194 Earl Averill, 197 Rick Ferrell, 202 Gabby Hartnett, 207 Mel Ott, and 211 Hack Wilson. The sheet also includes #204 Riggs Stephenson and #209 Adolpho Luque. The 1933 Goudey set is the first of all modern gum-card issues and the most important of all Goudey issues. Uncut sheets of Goudey cards are extremely rare and among the most popular and sought-after of all baseball-card sheets. Few types of uncut sheets are held in higher esteem, or are more meaningful to more collectors than Goudey sheets. Goudey sheets have always been considered the blue-chip staple of vintage uncut sheets, the standard against which the desirability and rarity of all other vintage uncut sheets are compared. The offered sheet originates from the files of Goudey. This is one of a few surviving sheets that were saved as samples by Goudey for its archives in a large album, carefully mounted along one edge with clear tape and with a few short streaks of water-soluble glue. The 3/8-inch strip of tape, which was along the extreme left border, and the glue remnants have been professionally removed. The tape and glue removal are detectable only if one were examining the sheet very closely, specifically seeking to determine where the tape and glue once were. There has been some very minor professional color retouching along the extreme edge where the strip of tape has been removed. The sheet is spectacularly bright and clean, with incredibly bold and vibrant colors, and a stunning overall Excellent to Mint appearance. There is some rounding to the corners, but due to its size this has no impact on its extremely impressive display value. The sheet is perfectly flat, with no creases whatsoever. The reverse of the sheet is fully printed, and is also perfectly bright and clean. The sheet has been very professionally and expensively double-side matted (so both the front and back can be viewed) for ideal storage and handling as is or for framing. Dimensions of 19 x 16 inches. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $9,988

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