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1933 R319 Goudey Uncut Sheet with Eight Hall of Famers - Printing Anomaly!

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,666.25

Offered is a very strange and, very likely, unique 24-card production sheet of 1933 Goudey "Big League" Chewing Gum cards (featuring numbers 97-99, 128, 129, 142, and 214-231), with an unusual printing anomaly. Goudeys, of course, were issued with very bright and crisp colors, but all the cards on this sheet have a very unusual "muted colors" appearance (essentially making each card a unique 1933 Goudey printing variation) that is the result of how this particular sheet was printed. (Note: This is not due to fading as can easily be seen by perimeter areas that do not have this printing anomaly.) Just as with T206s (which are well known for interesting color variations), cards from any set can theoretically be printed without receiving all the colors of the printing process. This can be due to the presses running out of a particular color ink during the printing process, or some other printing-related error. With 1933 Goudeys, quality control was so strong that printing anomalies of this kind are extremely rare, and ones that result in such a striking and dramatic difference to correctly produced cards are rarer still. This is an extremely unusual and probably unique uncut sheet of 1933 Goudey printing errors, and the first example of this type that we have ever encountered. This sheet includes eight Hall of Famers: #128 Chuck Klein, 216 Vernon Gomez, 220 Lefty Grove, 222 Charlie Gehringer, 223 Dizzy Dean, 227 Bill Herman, 229 Arky Vaughan, and 230 Carl Hubbell. The sheet also includes #217 Frank Crosetti. 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 measured. Technically, the sheet is in Vg-Ex condition. There is light wear to the corners and with extremely close examination we have found a couple of small surface creases, but due to its size this has no impact on its extremely impressive display value. The sheet is perfectly flat. The reverse of the sheet is fully printed, and is perfectly bright and clean. This is a fascinating uncut sheet that, to the best of our knowledge, is unique, from Goudey's classic 1933 series. Dimensions: 14.25 x 11.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $2,666.25

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