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1939 Play Ball Complete Set (161)
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $4,700.00
Complete set of 1939 Play Balls issued by Gum, Inc., with 62% ranging from Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few Ex-Mt and Nr/Mt), 38% Vg. The first of three major baseball card sets by Gum, Inc., 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 three cards including DiMaggio and Williams to be graded by PSA. Low Numbers (#1-115): 60% Ex (with a few Ex-Mt), 40% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1 Powell (Vg), 3 Ruffing (Ex-Mt), 6 Durocher (Ex), 7 Doerr (Vg-Ex/Ex), 26 Joe DiMaggio (PSA VG-EX 4, bright, crisp image, with even wear to the corners, and centered to the right), 30 Dickey (Vg-Ex), 39 Ferrell (Ex-Mt), 48 Gomez (Ex), 50 Gehringer (Vg), 51 Ott (Ex-Mt), 53 Hubbell (PSA NM 7), 55 Vaughan (Vg-Ex), 56 Greenberg (Vg), 82 Klein (Ex-Mt), 89 L. Waner (Ex), 92 Ted Williams RC (PSA GOOD 2, centered 30/70 L/R, with light surface wear, evenly rounded corners, and a single crease on the upper right portion of the card), 94 Manush (Vg), 103 Berg (Vg-Ex), 112 P. Waner (Vg-Ex/Ex). High Numbers (#116-162): 65% Ex, 35% range from Vg to Vg-Ex. Key: #143 Averill (Vg-Ex/Ex). 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-three 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 is a very attractive set in an extremely desirable grade which offers an outstanding value, and represents a relatively affordable alternative to a higher-grade set of this classic prewar gum issue. Total 161 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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