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Lot # 453 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1933 R319 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $20,145.00

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Excellent appearance! Extremely attractive and conservatively graded example of this legendary rarity. Bright, clean, and fresh, both front and back, with perfect colors and flawless registration. Only a hint of minor wear to the bottom corners (primarily lower right), including a faint back crease in one corner, keeps this from an EX grade. It would be hard to imagine a nicer #106 Lajoie for the grade. This card is extremely desirable among collectors due to its rarity and significance to the classic 1933 Goudey set. The 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie, of course, was not actually printed until 1934. When the 1933 set was issued, no #106 card was produced. #106 Lajoie was printed in 1934, and was available only by mail to those few dedicated collectors who took the time to write to Goudey to complain that they could not find #106 to complete their 1933 Goudey sets. The 1933 Goudey set is universally recognized as the most important of all 1930s gum-card issues. #106 Lajoie is the most significant and valuable of all 1930s cards and is widely regarded as one of the most important of all baseball cards. This is an exceptional example in an extremely desirable grade. Bright, clean, fresh, and crisp with strong colors, and an overall appearance of EX at a glance. Even upon close inspection, this card is at the high-end of its assigned grade of VG-EX. SMR value is $19,500. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000+. SOLD FOR $20,145.00

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