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1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie SGC EX 60
Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $17,250.00
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Very strong Excellent condition example of this legendary rarity. Bright, clean, and fresh, both front and back, with perfect colors and flawless registration. This is an unusually attractive example, with no print lines or other printing flaws, and with only the lightest and most ideal natural toning. Excessive toning is sometimes a problem with Lajoies. This card has obviously been very well cared for since the 1930s, and protected from all elements. Centered 70/30 side-to-side, 70/30 top-to-bottom. A hint of corner wear keeps this gem from a much higher grade. When the classic 1933 Goudey set was issued, Goudey originally failed to print #106. No matter how many packs youngsters purchased at their local candy store, they could not complete their set of 240 cards. Everyone, of course, needed #106 (which did not exist). Some of the more devoted and fanatical collectors of the day, in their great frustration, took the time to write and complain directly to the Goudey Gum Company. Goudey apparently received enough complaints from their most devoted customers to prompt them to arrange for a special design and printing of card #106 Nap Lajoie. This special card was actually printed in 1934, and was sent by mail directly from Goudey only to those who had complained to the company in writing. This was the only way the Lajoie card was distributed, hence its extraordinary rarity today. The 1933 Goudey set is universally recognized as the most important of all 1930s gum card issues. #106 Lajoie is the most significant and valuable of all 1930s cards and is widely regarded as one of the three most important of all baseball cards (the others being the famous T206 Wagner and Plank). This is an exceptional example in an extremely desirable grade. Bright, clean, fresh, and crisp with brilliant colors, and with an overall appearance stronger than its technically accurate grade of Excellent condition. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $17,250.00
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