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1939 R334 Play Ball Complete Set (161)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,994
Complete set of 1939 Play Balls issued by Gum, Inc., with 67% ranging from Ex to Ex-Mt (with a few Nr/Mt or better), 33% Vg to Vg-Ex. 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 submitted fifteen cards including DiMaggio and Williams to be graded by PSA. Low Numbers (#1-115): 60% range from Ex to Ex-Mt (with a few Nr/Mt), 40% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1 Powell (Vg-Ex), 3 Ruffing (EX-MT 6), 6 Durocher (GOOD 2), 7 Doerr (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 26 Joe DiMaggio (EX 5, bright, crisp image, with square corners, and centered to the left), 30 Dickey (NM+ 7.5), 39 Ferrell (EX 5), 48 Gomez (PSA deemed the card had evidence of trimming), 50 Gehringer (EX-MT 6), 51 Ott (EX 5), 53 Hubbell (EX 5), 55 Vaughan (EX 5), 56 Greenberg (NM 7), 82 Klein (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 89 L. Waner (NM+ 7.5), 92 Ted Williams RC (GOOD+ 2.5, centered slightly to the left, with light surface wear, and a creased lower left corner), 94 Manush (VG-EX 4), 103 Berg (slight trim, otherwise Ex), 112 P. Waner (EX 5). High Numbers (#116-162): 75% range from Ex to Ex-Mt (with a few slightly better), 25% range from Vg to Vg-Ex. Key: #143 Averill (EX 5). 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. The SMR value for just the fifteen PSA-graded cards (not including the 146 additional cards from the set) is $2,525. Total 161 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $4,994
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