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1935 R321 Goudey Uncut Panel Collection (6) Including Eleven Hall of Famers!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Presented is a fascinating collection of six uncut two-card panels from the R321 Goudey issue. Obviously, these cards were not issued in uncut panels, and these extremely unusual and unique two-card panels have long ago been cut from sheets. Over the years we have seen a few uncut sheet sections from this puzzle-back set cut from sheets according to the puzzle back (six to twelve cards per puzzle), but we have never before seen two-card panels such as these. 1935 Goudey is one of the company's most interesting efforts. Each card features four players. Forty-eight individual players are represented on these six panels, highlighted by the inclusion of eleven Hall of Famers: Bottomley, Cochrane, Cronin, Dickey, Goslin, Lazzeri, Ott, Ruffing, Simmons, Traynor, and Vance. Like all Goudeys, R321s were originally printed on 24-card sheets. The two-card panels offered here, as noted, appear to have been neatly cut from larger uncut sheets at one point in time. The reverse of the 1935 Goudeys features puzzle pieces, which can be collected and assembled to form a large baseball picture. One of the most intriguing aspects of an uncut panel of 1935 Goudeys, in addition to the novelty of its great rarity, is that when turned over one can view the reverse puzzle  pieces already assembled, as it appeared before being cut. The reverses of the three blue panels combine to feature Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane in a catching pose, while the reverses of the three red panels combine to feature Hall of Famer Joe Cronin in a portrait pose. The puzzle backs long ago encouraged collectors to hand-cut the sheets according to the puzzle backs. We have never seen a full 24-card sheet that has escaped this fate, but over the years have seen a handful of six-card and twelve-card panels. All uncut 1935 Goudey panels are extremely rare. Each of the six two-card panels offered here is bright and clean, with perfect focus and colors and only light touches of wear visible at the corners. Excellent overall. This is a tremendous and very rare collection of uncut two-card panels from this unusual and interesting 1930s gum-card issue. Total: 6 panels.   Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960

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