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Enormous 1921-1941 Prewar Baseball-Card Collection Including Ruth and Gehrig (1,003 Cards!)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $21,330

Incredibly large low-grade collection of 1,0032 prewar cards, spanning the years 1921 to 1941, including representation from thirteen different classic issues, with numerous Hall of Famers and additional highlights, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Joe DiMaggio. Eleven cards have been graded by PSA (7) or SGC (4). Many cards in this collection have an appearance superior to their technically accurate assigned grades. 1) 1921 E121 American caramel (2 cards): Carey (Vg-Ex) and Rixey (Gd). 2) 1933 R319 Goudey (552 cards, 198 different): The cards span many grades but are overall in Vg condition, handled, but not abused, with some cards technically grading only Poor or Pr-Fr, and many cards appear higher-grade but have a slight trim. Keys: two #1 Bengough (both Vg), 2 Vance (Authentic), four 5 Herman (Vg-Ex, Vg, two Gd), 7 Lyons (Vg), 19 Dickey (Fr), two 22 Traynor (Vg and Pr), two 25 Waner (both Vg), two 31 Lazzeri (Vg and Fr), two 35 Simmons (Gd and Fr), five 44 Bottomley (two Vg, two Gd, Fr), 47 Manush (Pr), 53 Ruth (Fr), two 73 Haines (Vg-Ex and Vg), two 74 Rixey (Gd and Fr), three 102 Jackson (Vg-Ex, Gd, Fr), 119 Hornsby (Ex), three 133 Lindstrom (Ex, Vg, Pr), two 138 Pennock (two Gd), 147 Durocher (Fr), 154 Foxx (Vg+), two 158 Berg (Vg and possible slight trim), 160 Gehrig (SGC FAIR 20), 164 Waner (Vg), two 165 Sewell (Vg and Gd), two 211 Wilson (Vg and Fr), 216 Gomez (Vg), two 217 Crosetti (Ex and Gd), and 220 Grove (possible slight trim). 3) 1934 R320 Goudey (151 cards, 82 different out of 96): Missing the following fourteen cards for completion: #2 Cochrane, 10 Klein, 12 Hubbell, 18 Manush, 21 Terry, 22 Vaughan, 23 Gehringer, 34 Hafey, 37 Gehrig, 61 Gehrig, 62 Greenberg, 79, 90 Cuyler, and 94. Condition ranges from Gd to Vg-Ex (with a few lesser and a few trimmed). Keys: #1 Foxx (Vg-Ex), 6 Dean (Gd), 7 Durocher (Vg-Ex), 11 Waner (Authentic), two 13 Frisch (both Gd), 19 Grove (Gd), 27 Appling (Gd), and 35 Lombardi (Gd). The sixty-nine duplicates range from Pr to Vg (with a few trimmed). 4) 1934-1936 R327 Diamond Stars (47 cards, 43 different): Condition ranges from Vg to Ex (with a couple lesser and a few trimmed). Keys: #1 Grove (Fr), 3 Maranville (Gd), 18 Hafey (Vg/Vg-Ex), 35 Averill (Gd), 48 Ferrell (trimmed), and 59 Bottomley (trimmed). 5) 1935 R321 Goudey (2 cards): Cochrane/Gehringer (Pr) and Terry/Jackson (Gd). 6) 1937 R325 Goudey Knot Hole League (1 card): #12 (Fr). 7) 1937 R342 Goudey Thum Movies (8 booklets, six different): #4 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex), 5 (Vg), two 7 Appling (Vg+ and Vg), two 9 (Vg+ and Gd-Vg), 10 Waner (Vg+), and 11 Medwick (Vg). 8) 1938 R326 Goudey Big League Baseball Movies (14 booklets, 10 different): #3 Ott (part 1, Vg), 4 DiMaggio (part 2, Vg), 5 (two part 1, both Vg and two part 2, both Vg), 6 (part 1, Ex), 9 (part 1, Vg), 11 Medwick (part 1, Ex), 12 Foxx (part 1, Vg and part 2, Vg+), and 13 (three part 1, Ex, Vg-Ex, and Vg). 9) 1938 R323 Goudey Heads-Up (10 cards): #241 Gehringer (HOF, PSA VG-EX 4), 249 Foxx (HOF, Gd), 255 (PSA VG-EX 4), 259 (Gd), 270 Lombardi (HOF, PSA VG-EX 4), 275 (PSA VG-EX 4), two 276 (PSA VG-EX 4 and Vg), 278 (Vg+), and 284 (PSA VG-EX 4). 10) 1939 R334 Play Ball (117 cards, 77 different): Condition ranges from Vg to Ex (with a couple lesser and a few trimmed). Keys: two #7 Doerr (Vg and Pr), two 39 Ferrell (both Vg), 55 Vaughan (Gd), 94 Manush (trimmed), and 112 Waner (Vg). 11) 1940 R335 Play Ball (91 cards, 70 different): Condition ranges from Vg to Ex (with a couple lesser and a few trimmed). Keys: #40 Greenberg (15/85 L/R and 25/75 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 46 Averill (Vg-Ex), 102 Klein (Vg-Ex), 104 Waner (Ex), four 129 Harris (three Vg-Ex, one Gd), 133 Foxx (Ex/Ex-Mt), two 134 Cronin (Ex-Mt and Vg), 142 Kelly (Vg-Ex), 153 McKechnie (Vg), two 171 Heilmann (Ex and Gd), 172 Bender (Gd), two 173 Lajoie (both Vg), 174 Evers (Gd), 175 Mathewson (Vg-Ex), 176 Manush (Vg-Ex), two 178 Carey (Vg and Gd), 179 Sisler (Vg-Ex), 224 Traynor (Gd), and 236 Bottomley (Gd). 12) 1941 R336 Play Ball (7 cards): #3 (Ex), 13 Foxx (15/85 L/R, otherwise Ex), 18 Greenberg (SGC VG 40), 35 (Vg-Ex), two 60 Klein (SGC VG/EX 50 and Gd-Vg), and 72 Gomez (SGC VG 40). 13) 1941 R330 Double Play (1 card): #33-34 Vaughan (HOF, Fr-Gd). This is a very substantial, unique, and eclectic representation of classic card issues from the prewar era, a collection (and education in vintage cards!) unto itself, including (as can easily be seen) many highlights. Total: 1,003 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $21,330


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