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Lot # 645 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1940 R335 Play Ball Complete Set Minus One (239/240)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555

Near-complete set consisting of 239 cards (out of 240) of the classic 1940 Play Ball set issued by Gum, Inc., of Philadelphia. Missing only #1 Joe DiMaggio for completion. With all the Hall of Famers, current and past, and rare high-number series cards (#181 thru 240), the number of noteworthy cards in this set rivals the number of common cards. 1940 Play Ball has always been a difficult set, and the rarity of complete sets has been underappreciated. It is also a set with extraordinary break value with many Hall of Famers and key cards, including Ted Williams and Joe Jackson. This is a relatively affordable yet still very attractive low- to mid-grade set from an old-time collection. Condition is 15% Ex, 49% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 36% lesser (many of which present as Vg to Vg-Ex but are downgraded due to erased pencil on the front). We have selected the Ted Williams card to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #6 Gomez (Ex), 7 Dickey (Vg-Ex+), 10 Ruffing (Ex), 21 Ferrell (Ex+), 27 Williams (VG 40), 30 Berg (Ex+), 38 Doerr (Vg), 40 Greenberg (Fr), 41 Gehringer (Pr), 46 Averill (Ex+), 87 Hubbell (Vg-Ex), 88 Ott (Fr), 102 Klein (Vg-Ex), 104 P. Waner (Ex-Mt), 105 L. Waner (erased writing on front, otherwise Vg), 107 Vaughan (Vg-Ex+), 118 Hoyt (Ex), 119 Alexander (Vg+), 120 Johnson (Vg+), 124 Combs (Vg-Ex), 129 Harris (Pr), 132 Mack (Vg+), 133 Foxx (Pr), 134 Cronin (Gd), 141 Stengel (Vg), 142 Kelly (Vg-Ex), 153 McKechnie (Vg), 158 T. Jackson (Vg), 167 Frisch (Vg-Ex+), 168 Wagner (Ex), 170 Speaker (Vg-Ex), 171 Heilmann (Vg-Ex), 172 Bender (Vg+), 173 Lajoie (Ex), 174 Evers (Vg-Ex+), 175 Mathewson (Fr), 176 Manush (Vg-Ex), 177 Baker (Vg-Ex+), 178 Carey (Vg-Ex), 179 Sisler (Vg-Ex), 180 Cochrane (Pr), 223 Jennings (Vg), 224 Traynor (Vg), 225 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (Gd), 226 Hooper (Vg-Ex), 227 Haines (Vg-Ex), 230 Faber (Vg), 232 Goslin (Gd/Vg), 234 Chance (Fr), 235 McGraw (Gd), 236 Bottomley (Fr), 237 Keeler (Pr), and 238 Lazzeri (Gd). An outstanding opportunity to acquire a complete set (minus one) of this all-time classic vintage gum-card issue at a fraction of what a higher-grade set would command. Total: 239 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,555

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