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    1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA Mint 9. The 240-card series of baseball gum cards by Boston-based Goudey Gum was the first major promotion of the 1930's, and the opening salvo of the "bubble gum era" of trading cards that would hold sway for a half century to come. It is now universally recognized as the most significant set of the era, one that set the bar for quality that many feel went unchallenged until the 1952 Topps edition, another landmark first effort.

    The 1933 Goudey was an uncommon luxury for young baseball fans in a country still held tightly in the grip of the Great Depression, a factor that limits the modern supply nearly as much as the eight decades that have passed since. Presented is the card that every boy coveted during those challenging times, one of four variations celebrating the man who had launched his apocryphal "Called Shot" a year earlier.

    Seemingly untouched by the passing of eight decades and change, this relic provides spotless surfaces to go along with uncompromising supple hues. Centering is as close to perfection as possible, and the reverse is very clean with the natural print ghosting so common for this issue. It's one of only four submissions to achieve a Mint 9 rating from nearly 1,300 submissions. No Gem Mint 10 specimen exists. An absolute masterpiece of the species.


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    January, 2019
    24th Thursday
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