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1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Uncut Sheet with Five Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $7,800

Complete and extremely rare 24-card production sheet of 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) "Big League" Chewing Gum cards (featuring the twenty-four cards numbered from #6 to #40), highlighted by five Hall of Famers. The backs of the cards of this sheet are of the Canadian World Wide Gum variety. These backs are virtually identical to the backs of the American series with the primary difference being that the cards are numbered differently. The fronts are indistinguishable from their American counterparts. The five Hall of Famers featured on this sheet are #7 Ted Lyons, 19 Bill Dickey, 20 Bill Terry, 22 Pie Traynor, and 23 Ki-Ki Cuyler. The 1933 Goudey set is the first of all modern gum-card issues and the most important of all Goudey issues. Uncut sheets of Goudey cards are extremely rare and among the most popular and sought-after of all baseball-card sheets. Few types of uncut sheets are held in higher esteem, are more meaningful to more collectors, or more ideal for display. Goudey sheets have always been considered the blue-chip staple of vintage uncut sheets, the standard against which the desirability and rarity of all other vintage uncut sheets are measured. We believe that the offered sheet originates long ago directly from the files of Goudey and is one of a few surviving sheets that were saved as samples by Goudey for its archives in a large album, carefully mounted along one edge with clear tape and with a few short streaks of water-soluble glue. It appears as though the 1/4-inch strip of tape along the extreme left border has been carefully removed by a professional restorer to return the sheet to its original glory. The sheet is spectacularly bright and clean, with incredibly bold and vibrant colors, and a stunning overall Excellent to Mint appearance. The sheet is perfectly flat, with no creases whatsoever. The reverse of the sheet is fully printed. This is a spectacular sheet worthy of even the most advanced collection!  Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,800

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