1934 World Wide Gum Uncut Sheet of Forty-Eight Cards. The first forty-eight cards from this gorgeous set differ from the design of the 1933 Goudey only in the bilingual text on the verso, though given the recent popularity of the Montreal Expos, perhaps a French translation was only wishful thinking. The faces of the cards are identical to the coveted issue that has come to be known in the collecting hobby as one of "The Big Three," and it takes just a quick glance to understand why the issue achieved such a lofty status. The artwork is simply phenomenal, certainly the finest of Depression-era baseball, and the names featured rank among the greatest our national game has seen. This remarkable uncut sheet houses such legends as Ruth, Speaker, Hornsby, Maranville, Rixey, Pennock, Lindstrom, Rice, Haines, Ruffing, Coombs (sic) and Travis Jackson. The mere existence of such a sheet runs contrary to all laws of probability, and the remarkably fine condition is enough to boggle the mind. While we must note the existence of numerous light surface creases, and some color and paper restoration, the overall visual appeal is that of a much finer piece, as the colors remain bright and vibrant, and the signs of wear require close inspection to spot. Short of a slight bit of toning to the top row of cards, we could quite honestly assert that the sheet looks factory fresh from a distance of three feet or greater.

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