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1933 R319 Goudey Complete Set of 239 (No #106 Lajoie)
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $23,500
Sixty-one of the sixty-seven graded cards in this 1933 Goudey set have been graded EX 5 or better by PSA (several graded by SGC, SCD, and GAI). There is some serious value to this set represented by just the four Babe Ruth and two Lou Gehrig cards. Five of these six key cards are graded EX 5 by PSA and one is graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by GAI (Ruth #53). Just the five PSA EX 5 key cards (three Ruths and two Gehrigs) alone list for $15,150 in the SMR (this figure does not include the GAI VG-EX+ 4.5 Ruth or the other 233 cards in the set). A detailed condition composite appears below.
Put together card by card over a period of years, with an emphasis on overall eye-appeal, this set is particularly striking for the care of its assembly, with all cards free of creases. The vast majority of cards in the set that grade less than EX have been downgraded from Excellent to the Vg to Vg-Ex range primarily due to corner wear. This is a very attractive, consistent, and carefully assembled set, in an extremely desirable but still relatively affordable grade. The 1933 Goudey set is the first major gum card set of the 1930s and is universally recognized as the most popular and significant set of the era. Highlighted by four Babe Ruths and two Lou Gehrigs, the set includes all the stars of the 1930s, including an incredible sixty Hall of Famers (all of which are graded individually below).
Of the 239 cards in the set, sixty-seven cards (28% of the set) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA (unless otherwise noted), including all four Babe Ruth cards and both Lou Gehrig cards. The PSA grades are as follows: One NM-MT 8 (OC): #194 Averill (centered 90/10 L/R). Two NM 7 (OC): #147 Durocher (centered 80/20 T/B) and 210 (centered 10/90 T/B). Three EX-MT 6: #60 Hoyt, 103 Combs, and 236. Fifty-five EX 5: #20 Terry, 22 Traynor, 23 Cuyler, 25 Waner, 29 Foxx (GAI EX 5), 31 Lazzeri, 35 Simmons, 39, 42 Collins, 43, 47 Manush, 49 Frisch, 63 Cronin, 64 Grimes, 73 Haines, 76 Cochrane, 79 Faber, 92 Gehrig, 96, 102 Jackson, 105, 110 Goslin, 117 Maranville (MK), 119 Hornsby, 127 Ott, 128 Klein, 133 Lindstrom, 134 Rice, 138 Pennock, 144 Ruth, 149 Ruth, 154 Foxx, 155 (MC), 156, 160 Gehrig, 164 Waner, 165 Sewell, 174, 181 Ruth, 188 Hornsby, 191, 192, 197 Ferrell, 201, 202 Hartnett (GAI EX 5), 207 Ott, 211 Wilson, 212, 216 Gomez, 217 Crosetti (SCD EX+ 5.5), 222 Gehringer, 223 Dean, 228 (OC), 230 Hubbell, and 234 Hubbell. Three VG-EX+ 4.5: #7 Lyons (BVG VG-EX+ 4.5), 53 Ruth (GAI VG-EX+ 4.5), and 109 Cronin (GAI VG-EX+ 4.5). Three VG-EX 4: #65, 113, and 158 Berg (GAI VG-EX 4). Balance of keys: #1 Bengough (Gd), 2 Vance (Vg), 5 Herman (Vg), 19 Dickey (Vg-Ex), 44 Bottomley (possible slight trim, o/w Vg), 56 Ruffing (possible slight trim, o/w Vg/Vg-Ex), 74 Rixey (Fr), 89 Speaker (slight trim, o/w Nr/Mt), 107 Manush (slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), 125 Terry (slight trim, o/w Vg), 168 Goslin (possible slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), 187 Manush (Vg), 189 Cronin (Vg), 220 Grove (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex/Ex), 229 Vaughan (Vg), and 240 Schumacher (trimmed, o/w Vg). The balance of the cards grade: 5% Ex, 75% range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 10% slightly lesser grades, and 10% trimmed. It is expensive to encapsulate an entire complete set with more than a couple hundred cards, but the collector who assembled this set did make a sizable investment in grading sixty-seven cards, which is an extremely substantial selection. As suggested by the grades in the condition composite above, this is a very attractive complete set of this classic 1930s issue, with many significant highlights with tremendous eye-appeal. In a world where a single high-grade 1933 Goudey key card can sell for more than this entire set, a carefully assembled mid-grade set with many EX or better cards (including Ruths and Gehrigs) such as this is rarely offered, and is widely appreciated for the outstanding value it represents. The equivalent SMR value for just sixty-one of the sixty-seven graded cards (not including the six qualified cards and the 172 ungraded cards) is $31,660. This set obviously has tremendous break value! Total 239 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000+. SOLD FOR $23,500
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