Population three, none superior!

    1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio #274 PSA Mint 9. It's one of the hobby's true oddities, from the strange numbering system that begins in the 200's, to the abridged cast of just twenty-four players (each appearing in two design formats), to the broken promise on the verso's text stating, "This is one of a series of 312 Baseball Stars." The cartoonish design is unquestionably irreverent, but collectors of this challenging issue consider the pursuit a serious business, particularly those uncompromising hobbyists trafficking only in pack-fresh cardboard.

    The issue is heavy with Hall of Fame immortals--Medwick, Gehringer, Foxx and Greenberg among them--but DiMaggio is far and away the set's key figure, with this enhanced design format the more desirable and valuable of the two variations. One is particularly struck by the prediction at the lower right corner that, after just two full seasons in pinstripes, DiMaggio would earn Hall of Fame immortality, even as the fabled museum was still under construction.

    This particular representation faithfully honors that theme of elite achievement, one of only three to merit a Mint 9 rating from the hobby's leading service. In fact, it is one of only twenty-three from the entirety of the issue to achieve the grade, with not a single Gem Mint 10 in over 5,000 submissions! It's extraordinarily rare that the opportunity presents itself to own the finest card available from an entire set, and we expect a fierce bidding war for that honor.

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