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1939 R334 Play Ball Complete Set (161)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,200
Complete set of 1939 Play Ball issued by Gum, Inc., of Philadelphia, the first of three major baseball-card sets it produced. This landmark set includes Ted Williams’ rookie card, Joe DiMaggio, and all of the other major stars and Hall of Famers of the era. The rarer high-number series cards (#116-162) in 1939 Play Ball have always made the assembly of a complete set particularly challenging for collectors. We have selected two cards to be graded by SGC and two were already graded by PSA when consigned to us. Low Numbers (#1-115): 5% Ex-Mt, 20% Ex, 27% Vg-Ex, 24% Vg, and 24% lesser (mostly Gd). Keys: #1 Powell (Vg+), 3 Ruffing (Gd+), 6 Durocher (Ex), 7 Doerr (Vg-Ex), 26 Joe DiMaggio (VG+ 45), 30 Dickey (Vg-Ex), 39 Ferrell (Vg-Ex), 48 Gomez (Vg), 50 Gehringer (Vg+), 51 Ott (Vg-Ex), 53 Hubbell (Vg+), 55 Vaughan (Fr), 56 Greenberg (Vg), 82 Klein (Vg+), 89 L. Waner (Vg-Ex), 92 Ted Williams RC (VG/EX 50), 94 Manush (Vg+), 103 Berg (Gd), 112 P. Waner (Ex). High Numbers (#116-162): 8% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 10% Ex, 20% Vg-Ex, 31% Vg, and 31% lesser (mostly Gd). Key: #143 Averill (Vg+). The additional cards graded by PSA which are not key cards are #140 (PSA NM 7) and 145 (PSA NM 7). Two cards, #60 and 76, are "Free Sample" varieties. While 1939 Play Balls are numbered #1 through 162, no #126 was ever issued, making the set complete at 161 cards. 1939 Play Balls are rarely offered as a complete set. The forty-six high-number cards and the numerous Hall of Famers, in addition to Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, naturally give this set an impressive break value. This mixed-grade set has many highlights, including particularly attractive examples of the key cards of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, and offers an outstanding value, representing an extremely desirable, relatively affordable alternative to a higher-grade set of this classic prewar gum issue. The equivalent SMR value for just the four graded cards (factoring in the #26 Joe DiMaggio at the lower whole-grade level and not including the additional 157 ungraded cards!) is $1,555. Total: 161 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,200
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