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1934-1936 R318 Batter-Up Complete Set PSA-Graded (192): #3 PSA Registry!

Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $29,375

Presented is one of the finest complete sets of R318 National Chicle "Batter Ups" to ever be assembled in the history of collecting. It is by far the finest we have ever seen or offered. The complete set of all 192 cards has been graded in its entirety by PSA. This is currently the third-finest set on the PSA registry. The PSA set registry GPA of 5.51 is especially extraordinary for this extremely condition-sensitive set. An amazing 176 cards (out of the 192 in the set) range in grade from Excellent to Nr/Mt-Mt, fourteen cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex, and just two cards grade Good. Their striking colors, unusual standup design, and rarity compared to other 1930s sets make "Batter Ups" one of the most fascinating, distinctive, and difficult-to-complete of all sets from the 1930s. This classic 1930s gum-card set, issued by National Chicle over a period of three years (1934-1936), includes an incredible fifty-three Hall of Famers. The rare high-number series cards (# 81-192), which represent over half the cards in the set, make completing the "Batter Up" set one of the greatest challenges of all 1930s cards. This is a high-grade set, which is particularly noteworthy for R318 "Batter Ups." Cards from this set are very difficult to find in high-grade. These cards are designed with diecut backgrounds which can be punched out and folded back to allow each card to stand up. Because of this design, many R318s are naturally found in damaged condition, and in many cases are found with the diecut backgrounds entirely lost. All of the card backgrounds in this high-grade set are complete and intact. This is a very carefully assembled set, put together one card at a time, with a concern not just for technical condition, but for the overall eye-appeal of each card. Even the few lowest graded cards in the set each have a far superior appearance than that suggested by their assigned PSA grades. This is not an accident! This extraordinarily high-grade set is the result of literally years of devoted collecting and upgrading.

The PSA grading report is as follows: Ten NM-MT 8: #51, 52, 58, 69, 70, 71, 126 Ferrell, 142, 159, and 171. Twenty-five NM 7: #47, 53, 61, 62, 66, 72, 74, 76, 77 Manush, 83, 95, 116, 123, 134, 139, 141, 151, 156 Durocher, 170, 176, 183 Cronin, 188, 189, 190, and 192 (last card in set). Seventy-three EX-MT 6: #1 Berger, 4, 7, 8 Bottomley, 9, 10 Ferrell, 11, 14 Traynor, 15, 16 Hafey, 18, 20, 22, 24 Averill, 29, 30 Dickey, 33 Frisch, 39, 40, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 50, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60, 63, 65, 67, 68, 73 Wilson, 75, 79, 80, 84, 87, 89, 92, 94, 96, 100 Traynor, 101, 103, 104, 110, 111 Hayes/Lyons, 113 Averill, 115 Andrews/Bottomley (MC), 117 Dickey, 119 Lyons, 120, 121, 127, 128, 130 Gehringer, 131, 133, 135, 136 Hartnett, 150, 154, 155, 162, 163, 167, 169, 172, 179 Bottomley, and 181. Three EX+ 5.5: #17 Waner, 105, and 184. Sixty-five EX 5: #2, 3 Lopez, 5 Hubbell, 6 Terry, 12, 13, 19, 21 Vaughn, 23 Gomez, 25 Cochrane, 26, 27 Ott, 28 Foxx, 31 Grove, 32 Cronin, 34 Simmons, 35 Hornsby, 36 Lyons, 37 Maranville, 38, 41, 57 Greenberg, 64 Dean, 78, 81, 82, 85 Goslin, 86 Gomez, 88, 90, 91, 93, 97, 99, 102, 106, 108, 109, 112, 122 Lindstrom, 124 Appling, 125, 132, 138 Herman, 144 Foxx, 145 Medwick, 147, 152, 153 Grove, 157 Waner, 158, 161, 164, 165, 166, 168, 173 Frisch, 174, 175, 180 Jackson, 182 Crosetti, 185 Klein, 186, 187, and 191 (MK). Ten VG-EX 4: #42 Gehringer, 45 Lazzeri, 114, 118, 129 Lombardi, 137, 140, 143, 146, and 149 Berg. Four VG 3: #107, 148, 160, and 178. Two GOOD 2: #98 and 177.

The R318 Batter-Up set is universally recognized as one of the most significant of all prewar baseball-card issues. Very few complete sets exist. This is by far the finest set we have ever seen. The assembly of a set of this caliber is an extraordinary collecting achievement. This is a world-class set of one of the most important and rarely offered of all 1930s gum-card sets. Common low-numbers list in SMR for $45 in Ex, $75 in Ex-Mt, $145 in Nr/Mt, and $325 in Nr/Mt-Mt; common high-numbers list for $100 in Ex, $165 in Ex-Mt, $300 in Nr/Mt, and $700 Nr/Mt-Mt; the fifty-three Hall of Famers list at similarly modest levels. Even at these values, the total SMR value of the set (not including the two qualified cards) is $32,409. Total 192 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $25,000+. SOLD FOR $29,375


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