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1931 W517 Complete Set (54) Including Babe Ruth (2) and Lou Gehrig
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Tremendous complete set of fifty-four 1931 W517 strip cards, including a remarkable thirty-four Hall of Famers, highlighted by outstanding examples of both poses of Babe Ruth in the set and Lou Gehrig. The popular W517 large-style strip-card (3 x 4 inches) set consists of fifty-four Major Leaguers. Fifty-two players are different. Ruth and Cochrane each appear twice (#4 Ruth features a portrait; #20 Ruth features a throwing pose). This issue was originally sold in vertical strips of three, which were intended to be hand-cut by youngsters. Cards from this set are often found in somewhat rough condition (miscut, creases, back damage, etc.). This set is comprised of cards far nicer than usually found for this condition-sensitive issue. Most of these cards are fresh, clean, and very nicely cut. This is the first complete set of W517 that we have ever offered, and a quick check of public auction records confirms that complete sets are available very infrequently. Three cards are graded by PSA. Professional grading companies employ different standards for hand-cut cards, such as these strip-card W517s, with respect to size and neatness of cut, so the listed grades are without reference to any cutting issues (it is possible that these cards would only be graded "Authentic" if submitted, but based on the three graded examples included, it is probable that some would be numerically graded). Keys: #1 Combs (Vg-Ex), 2 Traynor (Gd), 3 Roush (Ex), 4 Ruth (VG-EX 4), 9 Harris (Ex+), 10 Klein (Vg), 11 Kelly (Vg-Ex), 12 Jackson (Gd), 14 Heilman (Ex), 15 Alexander (Ex), 16 Frisch (Ex), 19 Cuyler (Vg), 20 Ruth (EX-MT 6), 21 Foxx (Vg+), 23 Terry (Vg+), 24 Lindstrom (Ex, staining on reverse), 27 Lazzeri (Ex, staining on reverse), 28 Manush (Gd), 29 Hafey (Ex), 30 Ott (Ex, staining on reverse), 34 P. Waner (Ex-Mt), 35 Gehrig (EX 5), 36 Vance (Vg, no number), 37 Cochrane (Fr), 38 Hornsby (Vg-Ex+), 39 Grove (Ex), 40 Simmons (Gd), 42 Wilson (Ex+), 45 Lyons (Vg), 46 J. Sewell (Ex), 47 Goslin (Ex, staining on reverse), 51 Averill (Vg-Ex), 52 Collins (Ex), and 54 Cochrane (Ex). The balance of the cards grade Vg-Ex to Ex, with three lesser. This is a very clean and impressive complete set of cards, highlighted by very strong examples of Babe Ruth (2 poses) and Lou Gehrig. Total: 54 cards. SOLD FOR $3,300
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