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    1934 World Wide Gum Uncut Sheet of Seventy-Two Cards. Discouraged by taunts that they were behind the times, the Canadian World Wide Gum manufacturers abandoned the design of the 1933 Goudey issue at the midway point, offering the contemporary '34 style from card number forty-nine to ninety-six. And so our neighbors to the north became the beneficiaries of the "Lou Gehrig says..." advice, in both French and English, on the verso, the only way that these cards vary from the American issue. On the face, this incredible sheet is a dead ringer for the 1934 Goudey. And while we'd be thrilled to have just that second forty-eight in a single sheet, this one repeats seventy-three to ninety-six, offering duplicates of every card from John "Blondy" Ryan through John Allen. Happily, this range includes Hall of Famers Hafey, Lombardi, Appling, Earnshaw and Lou Gehrig himself, so that each of these pre-war legends appears twice on the sheet. Lest we forget those who appear only once, we should note that cards forty-nine through seventy-two feature Terry, Grove, Dizzy Dean, Klein, Gehringer, Foxx, Cochrane, Frisch, Paul Waner, Manush, Durocher, Vaughan and Hubbell. That's twenty-three Hall of Fame cards total! A masterful color and paper restoration job has diminished the signs of wear almost to the point of invisibility, but if you look very closely you can spot a seam that runs the length of the second column of cards, and various other scattered wrinkles throughout. But again, like cards one through forty-eight offered in the previous lot, the bright coloring of the cards leaves the impression of a factory-fresh sheet from any reasonable distance.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
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