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1936 R314 Goudey “Wide Pen” Premium Complete Set (120)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
Issued in 1936 by Goudey Gum, and catalogued R314 in the ACC, this large format (3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches) black and white set is printed on thin stock and is known to collectors as "Wide Pens" because of the thick printing used for the facsimile autographs. Offered is an exceptional high-grade (for this issue) complete 120-card set. R314 premiums have received very little attention from collectors, in part due to the fact that they are larger than standard cards, were one of the last cards to have holders for encapsulation due to their size, and are blank-backed with no identification of the issuer. A case could be made that they represent one of the best values among all 1930s issues. In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist. Keys: #2 Averill (Ex), 18 Cochrane (Ex-Mt), 19 Combs (Vg-Ex), 21 Cronin (Vg-Ex), 24 Cuyler (Ex-Mt), 28 Dickey (glue residue on the back, otherwise Ex), 29 DiMaggio/McCarthy (stain on the back, otherwise Vg), 31 Ferrell (Ex), 33 Ferrell Bros. (Vg-Ex), 38 Frisch (Vg-Ex), 40 Gehringer (Ex), 42 Gomez (Vg-Ex), 43 Goslin (Ex), 45 Greenberg (Ex), 50 Harris (Ex), 51 Hartnett (Gd), 58 Hoyt (Ex), 63 Klein (Ex-Mt), 68 Lindstrom (Ex), 69 Lombardi (Ex), 70 Lopez (Ex-Mt), 75 Medwick (Ex), 98 Simmons (Ex), 109 Vaughan (Vg), 112b L. Waner (Ex), and P. Waner (Ex-Mt). The balance of the cards grade 80% Excellent or better and 20% Vg and slightly lesser (with a few Vg-Ex). This is a tremendous set of R314 Goudey premiums, clean and crisp across the board, and it should be stressed that all have an Excellent or better appearance (those graded less than Ex have only an extremely minor flaw that is not immediately apparent, perhaps a tiny crease or writing on the back). For years this has been one of the most overlooked of all 1930s gum issues because grading companies simply did not have holders for this set, but the recent introduction of larger-format holders by the grading companies now allows for professional grading and encapsulation of this issue. Total 120 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,525
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