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    1933 Goudey Big League Triple Babe Ruth Uncut Sheet The 1933 Goudey Gum series of 240 was the first major gum card set of the 1930s, and is universally recognized as the most popular and significant set of the era. This magnificent issue includes every baseball star of the day, and is highlighted with three cards featuring Babe Ruth and two with Lou Gehrig. The 1933 set was produced by the Boston-based Goudey Gum manufacturer in ten sheets containing 24 cards each, which were then cut, packaged with a stick of gum, and distributed. Uncut sheets were never meant to survive as such, but were sometimes kept as a memento by a factory employee with a fondness for the game, thus providing our hobby with a few precious examples. These have proven to have great worth even beyond the monetary value of the cards themselves. They have helped show collectors why some of the cards in the set are the more difficult to find in high grade, due to their positioning on these sheets. For example, many cards from the set are inherently off-centered by virtue of being on the bottom edge of the sheet and some are rarely found in high grade because they are one of the corner cards, which could often sustain wear even before leaving the factory. There are still only one or two known examples of most of the sheets in the set, with those being in various stages of distress. The Goudey Gum Company did keep one archetype of each sheet in their files, but these examples have sustained damage to the reverses because they were taped into scrapbooks. The "Triple Babe Ruth" sheet is by far the most impressive of the 10 sheets comprising the set, containing five Hall of Fame players in addition to the three Babe Ruth cards. There are estimated to only be three examples of the Goudey "Triple Babe Ruth" sheet, with one of those having been professionally restored from the Goudey files. Heritage Sports is proud to offer the finest example of a "Triple Babe Ruth" sheet extant of the final production. The sheet measures an impressive 14.25" wide and 11.5" tall, making it very suitable as a wall display. It is completely free of any front or back damage other than the slightest amount of fraying at each of the four corners. It is clear that this impressive sheet has been meticulously preserved over the past 70-plus years. This rare item exhibits bold, vibrant colors, with strong registration and superb overall eye appeal befitting such a valuable artifact of the baseball card hobby. The sheet contains four rows of six cards each and they present as follows: From left to right, the top row having card numbers 148, 147 (Hall of Famer Leo Durocher), 146, 145, 143 and 149 (Hall of Famer Babe Ruth); Second row from top having card numbers 153, 152, 144 (Hall of Famer Babe Ruth), 151, 150 and 144 (again Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, this card was printed twice on the sheet due to Ruth's popularity); Second row from bottom having card numbers 159, 158, 157, 156, 155 and 154 (Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx); Bottom row having card numbers 165 (Hall of Famer Joe Sewell), 164 (Hall of Famer Lloyd Waner), 163, 162, 161 and 160 (Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig). The four corner cards rate minimally EX/MT, while all 20 others rate an impressive Gem Mint. There is no established price guide for uncut sheets because of their extreme rarity. However, adding up the individual values for these beauties from a certified card price guide tallies well in excess of $250,000!

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    September, 2004
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