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1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Uncut Sheet with Eight Hall of Famers Including Lou Gehrig

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $7,200

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 #41 to #72), highlighted by Lou Gehrig (#55). 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. In addition to Lou Gehrig, this sheet includes an additional seven Hall of Famers: #42 Eddie Collins, 44 Jim Bottomley, 54 Red Faber, 60 Waite Hoyt, 63 Joe Cronin, 64 Burleigh Grimes, and 69 Mickey Cochrane. 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 are 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. Many of the uncut sheets circulating within the hobby originate directly from the files of Goudey, 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. These surviving examples usually feature a 1/4-inch strip of tape along the extreme left border, and in some instances, there are small pencil or ink notations present on the reverse. The offered sheet does not possess any of these characteristics, suggesting that it was perhaps carefully saved by someone involved in the printing of these cards. Whatever its origin, the sheet is spectacularly bright and clean, with incredibly bold and vibrant colors, and a beautiful overall Excellent appearance. Closer inspection reveals a light 2.5-inch crease on the right side, affecting the Gehrig card, and light wear at the corners, including a small crease in the lower right, affecting the Grimes card. Flaws such as these are extremely common for uncut sheets of this size. The sheet also appears to be very slightly and carefully trimmed along the right border as it measures 14-3/8 x 11-1/2 inches, approximately 1/8-inch narrower than a standard V353 uncut sheet. The reverse of the sheet is fully printed and entirely clean, with only a spot of paper loss on the Hudlin card, which has obscured the card number (72). This sheet retains tremendous visual appeal and is an ideal candidate for framing and display. A superb example of this very rare uncut sheet highlighted by eight Hall of Famers, including Lou Gehrig! Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,200

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