Lot # 39: “Unique for the Grade” 1938 Goudey Heads Up #273 Jimmy Foxx (PSA NM/MT+ 8.5) – “1 of 1”; HIGHEST GRADED Example!

Category: 1921-1939

Starting Bid: $2,000.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Classic 2019",
which ran from 12/19/2019 12:00 PM to
1/11/2020 7:00 PM

(LOT 39)
"Unique for the Grade" 1938 Goudey Heads Up #273 Jimmy Foxx (PSA NM/MT+ 8.5) – "1 of 1"; HIGHEST GRADED Example!

One of the most popular pre-WWII bubble gum cards are the 1938 Goudey "Heads-Up" cards released 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. The set's three most exalted subjects include Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller and Jimmy Foxx, and with that said, presented here just happens to be the SOLE and HIGHEST GRADED #273 Jimmy Foxx subject in an extraordinary PSA NM/MT+ 8.5 holder!

Remarkable as it may seem, PSA has encapsulated roughly 220 examples with none of them receiving a "Mint 9" assessment, with this true "1 of 1" masterpiece standing tall as the pinnacle subject. There are many baseball experts who claim Jimmy Foxx to be the greatest right-handed hitter in baseball history (with all due respect to Hornsby and Aaron). His .325 lifetime batting average, 1,921 RBIs, 534 homeruns, 1933 Triple Crown and incredible 13 consecutive seasons of 100+ RBIs substantiate this notion and solidify why his piers called him "The Beast". After Ruth and Gehrig, his 1930's cards are certainly the most valuable as well as desirable mementos for most enthusiasts, and this card certainly qualifies as one of his premier issues. The classic Foxx "line-drawing" image including the ultra-popular caricature portrait illustration portrays magnificent contrast with superior blue and red/orange hues set against a flawless-like surface.

One of the most recognized pre-WWII cardboard pictures, it reminds us of the superior batting skills possessed by "XX" that ably assisted him in walloping his mammoth-like tape measure round-trippers. The highly coveted Foxx black text comments and cartoon drawings encompassing the caricature pose are bold and vivid, with the "JIMMY FOXX, Red Sox" black print along the lower bright blue text box reflecting superior registration. Razor sharp corner tips could draw blood, and the hallowed image within the blue framing is virtually dead-centered. The verso is likewise brilliant, with the bold green verbiage affixed to a bright white surface; the final exclamation point for this sparkling cardboard keepsake that appears as if it has just been removed from a 1938 Goudey pack. The undisputed "best of the rest, its "1 of 1; Highest Graded" standing places it as one of the most significant Foxx cards extant!

MIN BID $2,000

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