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1935-1939 Wheaties Collection (5) Including Gehrig and DiMaggio

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240

Collection of five different Hall of Famers from four different Wheaties series spanning the years 1935 to 1939. In the 1930s, Wheaties issued package-design baseball cards on the backs of its cereal boxes, which were intended to be hand-cut from the boxes by youngsters. These were very difficult to collect back in the 1930s (imagine getting just one card per box of cereal)! This collection consists of the following (assigned grades are without respect to the neatness of the cutting): 1-2) 1935 - Series 1 "Fancy Frame with Script Signature": Cochrane (white hat, outside frame trimmed, otherwise Gd) and Gehrig (presents as Vg, technically lower grade due to crayon drawing on blank reverse). 3) 1936 - Series 5 "How to Play Winning Baseball": #10 Grove (Vg+). 4) 1937 - Series 6 "How to Star in Baseball": #11 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex). 5) 1939 - Series 12 "Personal Pointers": #5 Foxx (Vg). Wheaties Cereal box panels are among the most beautiful, interesting, and substantial cards of the era and also represent one of the best values of all cards from the 1930s. The fact that these had to be hand-cut from cereal boxes (and therefore tend not to receive numerical grades from grading companies) and the fact that they are large cards make many modern graded-card collectors shy away from Wheaties, but these cards have always been held in high esteem by advanced collectors and by any measure they are one of the classic issues of the 1930s. This is a very substantial group of key Hall of Famers (including DiMaggio and Gehrig!) from the unusual, scarce, and underrated 1930s Wheaties sets. Total: 5 cards. SOLD FOR $240


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