Lot # 91: Super High-PSA Grade 1938 Goudey “Heads Up” Near-Set (45 of 48 Subjects/93.75% Complete) w/a Spectacular PSA 8.08 Weighted G.P.A!

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Spectacular 2018 Auction",
which ran from 7/27/2018 12:00 PM to
8/11/2018 7:00 PM




(LOT 91)
Super High-PSA Grade 1938 Goudey "Heads Up" Near-Set (45 of 48 Subjects/93.75% Complete) w/a Spectacular PSA 8.08 Weighted G.P.A!

One of the most popular pre-WWII bubble gum cards are the 1938 Goudey "Heads-Up" cards released in 1938 by the renowned Goudey Gum Co. of Boston, Mass. As a continuation of the 1933 set that number 240 players, Goudey started the 48-subject 1938 set at checklist#241, ending the set with #288. The cards included a real photo color image affixed to a caricature body, with the second half of the set repeating the first 24 players, including miniature black printed cartoons and player facts around the primary central image for checklist #'s 265 – 288. High sought after by the hobby's esteemed collectors are the Joe DiMaggio & two Bob Feller subjects that both represent "Rapid Bob's" highly coveted American issued rookie cards.

Presented here is a near-complete 45-card compilation, with all 45 subjects graded by PSA and carrying a sensational 8.08 Weighted G.P.A! The only three missing cards are the two Foxx subjects and #250 Joe DiMaggio, with every card reflecting a PSA Assessment of "NM 7" or better. A breakdown of the grades are as follows: Mint 9's (2 Cards); NM/MT+ 8.5's (7 Cards); NM/MT 8's (34 Cards); NM 7's (2 Cards). Indeed, a remarkable 34 or 76% of the total 45 cards have managed to receive a PSA NM/MT 8 assessment! The PSA Population report substantiates the fact that this is no "small" achievement with only 7% of the total 5,400+ population reflecting "PSA 8" grades, and only a microscopic 0.4% depicting a "PSA 8.5" assessment (there are 7 PSA 8.5's in this 45-card offering).

The incredible statistical prowess of this near-impossible high-grade gathering also offers some extremely imposing PSA Population data. Consider that of the 45 subjects, an amazing 22 reflect grades that have not been bested by a single subject (0 "Pop" Higher), and 18 cards reflect grades with only a SINGLE higher example (1 "Pop" Higher). Therefore, an unfathomable 89% of the 45 cards are either the "finest of their kind" (22 cards) or been bested by only a sole example (18 cards), with 2 of those highest graded examples residing as "1 of 1's (#256 Kennedy & #265 Gehringer)! Miraculous to say the least, compiling such a seemingly incomparable 1938 Goudey near-set is no simple task since high-grade examples seldom surface for the taking, let alone a gathering including 45 high-grade cards!

Our utmost compliments to the individual(s) who spent the countless number of hours to meticulously piece together this world-class near-set that only requires the #250 DiMaggio and both Foxx subjects for completion. Listed below are all 45 subjects in checklist# order and their respective PSA grades, with the major highlights of the 15 respective Hall of Famers as follows: a #274 Joe DiMaggio PSA NM/MT 8; two Bob Feller PSA NM/MT 8's; a breathtaking #277 Hank Greenberg Mint 9 ("1 of 3"/Highest Graded); and a #265 Gehringer NM/MT + 8.5 that stands as a "1 of 1" Highest Graded marvel:

#241/Gehringer/HOF (NM/MT 8); #242/Fox (NM/MT 8); #243/Kuhel (NM/MT 8); #244 DeMaree (Mint 9); #245/Pytlak (NM/MT 8); #246/Lombardi/HOF (NM 7); #247 Vosmik (NM/MT 8); #248/Bartell (NM/MT 8); #251/Hadley (NM/MT 8); #252 /Bonura (NM/MT 8); #253/Greenberg/HOF (NM/MT 8); #254/Mungo (NM/MT 8); #255/Solters (NM/MT+ 8.5); #256/Kennedy (NM/MT+ 8.5); #257/Lopez/HOF (NM/MT 8); #258/Doerr/HOF (NM/MT 8); #259/Werber (NM/MT 8); #260/York (NM/MT 8); #261/Radcliff (NM/MT 8); #262/Medwick/HOF (NM/MT 8); #263/Owen (NM/MT 8); #264/Feller/HOF (NM/MT 8); #265/Gehringer/HOF (NM/MT+ 8.5); #266/Fox (NM/MT 8); #267/Kuhel (NM/MT 8); #268 DeMaree (NM/MT 8); #269/Pytlak (NM/MT 8); #270/Lombardi/HOF (NM/MT+ 8.5); #271 Vosmik (NM/MT 8); #272/Bartell (NM/MT 8); #274/DiMaggio/HOF (NM/MT 8); #275/Hadley (NM/MT+ 8.5); #276/Bonura (NM/MT 8); #277/Greenberg/HOF (Mint 9); #278/Mungo (NM/MT+ 8.5); #279/Solters (NM/MT+ 8.5); #280/Kennedy (NM/MT 8); #281/Lopez/HOF (NM/MT 8); #282/Doerr/HOF (NM/MT 8); #283/Werber (NM/MT 8); #284/York (NM 7); #285/Radcliff (NM/MT 8); #286/Medwick/HOF (NM/MT 8); #287/Owen (NM/MT 8); #288/Feller/HOF (NM/MT 8)

MIN BID $10,000
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MLI is offering a Super High-PSA Grade 1938 Goudey "Heads Up" Near-Set in an alternative selling format. All Lots numbered from 92-136 will be sold individually to the highest bidder, unless Lot # 91's hammer price exceeds the hammer price of Lots 92-136 combined cumulative total. In which case, the cards would be sold as a set. Once bidding starts, the green check mark below simply designates which format has the current high bid. In case of a tie - the set wins.

Lot 91 (Set Total):  $90,000
Lot 92-136 (Individual Card Total):  $100,835

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