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1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Uncut Sheet with Eight Hall of Famers Including Lou Gehrig

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $8,295

Complete and extremely rare 24-card production sheet of 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) "Big League" Chewing Gum cards (featuring the twenty-four cards numbered from #41 to #72), highlighted by Lou Gehrig (#55). The backs of the cards of this sheet are of the Canadian World Wide Gum variety. These backs are virtually identical to the backs of the American series with the primary difference being that the cards are numbered differently. The fronts are indistinguishable from their American counterparts. In addition to Lou Gehrig, this sheet also includes an additional seven Hall of Famers: #42 Eddie Collins, 44 Jim Bottomley, 54 Red Faber, 60 Waite Hoyt, 63 Joe Cronin, 64 Burleigh Grimes, and 69 Mickey Cochrane. 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, are more meaningful to more collectors, or more ideal for display. 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 measured. The offered sheet originates long ago directly 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 1/4-inch strip of tape along the extreme left border could be removed by a professional restorer or simply matted out in framing. The sheet is spectacularly bright and clean, with incredibly bold and vibrant colors, and a stunning overall Excellent to Mint appearance. The sheet is perfectly flat, with no creases whatsoever. The reverse of the sheet is fully printed. The card numbers on the reverse of nine cards on the sheet (including Gehrig) have been very neatly crossed out and above have been written the corresponding card numbers from the American series. Based on the sheet's origins (Goudey Files), it is extremely likely that the reason for the very small clean number notations on the reverse is that this sheet was used in the proofing process in the original production of the set. 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 20.5 x 17.5 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,295

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