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Lot # 870 (870 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1940 R335 Play Ball Complete Set (240) Including 113 PSA-Graded Cards

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $22,800

Presented is an exceptionally attractive complete set of the classic 1940 Play Ball set issued by Gum, Inc. Condition of this set is 15% Nr/Mt, 29% Ex-Mt, 16% Ex, 26% Vg-Ex, and 14% lesser (mostly Gd/Vg). A total of 113 cards are professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA, including a number of key Hall of Famers and stars. The 1940 Play Ball set is a worthy addition to any vintage-card collection, and this is a beautiful set! With all the Hall of Famers, current and past, and rare high-number series cards (#181-240), the number of noteworthy cards in this set rivals the number of common cards. The 1940 Play Ball has always been a difficult set to acquire, and the rarity of complete sets is very much underappreciated. It is also a set that has become even rarer in complete form in recent years, due to its extraordinary break value and the inclusion of so many Hall of Famers, and several particularly valuable key cards (among them Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Joe Jackson, all three of which are outstanding examples grading EX-MT 6, NM 7, and EX 5, respectively, in this set). As suggested by its condition composite and key-card condition detail, this is a particularly beautiful complete set of this all-time classic card issue.

PSA Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (1 card):
#125 (OC). NM 7 (36 cards): #6 Gomez (HOF), 11, 15, 33, 56, 71, 78, 82, 85, 89, 93, 95, 99, 107 Vaughan (HOF), 116, 120 W. Johnson (HOF), 124 Combs (HOF), 129 Harris (HOF), 130, 145, 149, 152, 156, 157, 159, 171 Heilmann (HOF), 175 Mathewson (HOF), 177 Baker (HOF), 179 Sisler (HOF), 203, 208, 216, 222, 233, 235 McGraw (HOF), and 239. EX-MT 6 (71 cards): #1 J. DiMaggio (HOF), 4, 5, 8, 12, 16, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27 T. Williams (HOF), 29, 30 Berg, 35, 39, 40 Greenberg (HOF), 44, 46 Averill (HOF), 49, 55, 57, 58, 62, 64, 67, 68, 79, 91, 92, 97, 100, 103, 105 L. Waner (HOF), 117, 121, 126, 131, 132 Mack (HOF), 133 Foxx (HOF), 134 Cronin (HOF), 141 Stengel (HOF), 142 Kelly (HOF), 144, 150, 155, 158 T. Jackson (HOF), 160, 165, 166, 167 Frisch (HOF), 169, 170 Speaker (HOF), 173 Lajoie (HOF), 176 Manush (HOF), 180 Cochrane (HOF), 181, 182, 188, 195, 196 (OC), 198, 204, 206, 212, 218, 223 Jennings (HOF), 230 Faber (HOF), 231, 232 Goslin (HOF), 234 Chance (HOF), and 237 Keeler (HOF). EX 5 (4 cards): #87 Hubbell (HOF), 102 Klein (HOF), 127, and 225 J. Jackson (Black Sox). VG-EX 4 (1 card): #168 Wagner (HOF). Ungraded Keys: #7 Dickey (HOF, Ex), 10 Ruffing (HOF, Vg-Ex+), 21 R. Ferrell (HOF, Vg+), 38 Doerr (HOF, Vg-Ex+), 41 Gehringer (HOF, Gd/Vg), 88 Ott (HOF, Fr), 104 P. Waner (HOF, Vg-Ex+), 119 Alexander (HOF, Vg-Ex), 153 McKechnie (HOF, Ex), 172 Bender (HOF, Vg-Ex+), 174 Evers (HOF, Ex), 178 Carey (HOF, Vg), 224 Traynor (HOF, Vg-Ex+), 226 Hooper (HOF, Ex), 227 Haines (HOF, Ex), 236 Bottomley (HOF, Vg-Ex+), and 238 Lazzeri (HOF, Vg-Ex+).

The entire set is extremely attractive with crisp images and clear focus throughout, with many cards only downgraded due to light touches of wear on the corners or slight centering issues. Vintage sets in this grade are especially desirable, representing perhaps the best and least volatile value in the world of vintage cards. This set, as noted, also naturally has a very substantial break value. The total SMR value for just 111 of the graded cards (excluding the two qualified cards and not including the 127 ungraded cards!) is $12,042. Total: 240 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000+. SOLD FOR $22,800


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