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1941 Gum, Inc. Play Ball Full Uncut Production High-Number Sheet with Joe DiMaggio (#49-72)

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $7,110.00

Offered is one of card collecting's rarest uncut sheets: a complete 24-card uncut Gum, Inc., production sheet of 1941 Play Ball. This sheet features the third series of twenty-four cards in the set (#49-72) and is highlighted by Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese, Chuck Klein, Bobby Doerr, Bill Dickey, and Lefty Gomez. Full 24-card production sheets of 1941 Play Ball are so rare that we are aware of fewer than ten known examples. REA offered an extraordinary high-grade first-series sheet in 2004, which realized $25,875. The offered sheet is one of only four 1941 Play Ball 24-card production sheets (not to be confused with the more plentiful 12-card 1941 Play Ball "paper issue" card sheets) that we can recall having seen offered at auction. We are pleased to be able to present a second series (#25-48) sheet separately in this auction as well. This is a very presentable sheet with only minor flaws resulting from handling and storage over the past seventy years. The cards display with some natural age toning, but with crisp images and perfect registration. There is heavy creasing affecting portions of the Doerr and Klein cards positioned on the right edge of the sheet while lighter creasing affects four cards on the left side. Light, even corner wear is present, and very faint surface wrinkling is visible along the bottom four cards, which include Hall of Famers Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, and Lefty Gomez. The interior cards are largely unaffected and well-preserved with only light surface wrinkling visible on the reverse of the Demaree and Jurges cards in the center. The Hall of Fame rookie card of Pee Wee Reese is stunningly Mint. Considering the age and odd size of this sheet, it is amazing that it survived without more serious condition issues. Play Ball sheets are of a far greater rarity than Goudey and other uncut gum-card sheets of this era. It is interesting to note that Play Balls were printed in vertical 24-card sheets, as opposed to the horizontal format of Goudey sheets. This is an incredible rarity that would make a tremendous addition to any uncut sheet collection or companion to any 1941 Play Ball set. The sheet measures 10 x 18.75 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.
SOLD FOR $7,110.00

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