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1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut #162 Bill Klem (Umpire) - Hall of Famer

  • Sold For: $356
  • Year: 1934
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 476
  • Auction Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

Graded FAIR 1.5 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA or SGC. Extremely rare R304 Demaree Die-Cut of Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem, issued by Chicago’s Dietz Gum Company in 1934. During the past forty years, we have seen or heard of only two other examples of Bill Klem. Being a Hall of Fame umpire (who naturally appears in very few card sets), Klem is one of the most interesting and distinctive cards in the set. This example was discovered only in recent years, one of the highlights of an exciting R304 find that surfaced in 2009. Demaree die-cuts are among the rarest of all 1930s gum issues. Their unusual design combines black-and-white photographic player portraits with cartoon bodies drawn by former Major League pitcher Al Demaree (hence the name “Demaree die-cuts”). The fragile nature of all die-cut cards and the easily broken tabs at the base of R304s that allow them to stand, make complete, high-grade examples all the rarer. This R304 Bill Klem has survived complete, with standup tab intact. The card has some areas of very light soiling and a few minor creases. This is a magnificent example of the rarest and most striking of all Bill Klem cards, from one of the rarest and most condition-sensitive of all 1930s card issues. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800+. SOLD FOR $356

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