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Attractive Sport Kings
Spring 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 137
1933 Goudey Sport Kings # 2
Graded by SGC as NM 84
Starting Bid: $3,000
Issued by the Goudey Gum Co. in 1933, the "Sport Kings" set includes a total of 48 different cards. A variety of athletes from many different sports were featured. Some of the most prominent include: Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Jack Dempsey, Howie Morenz, Knute Rockne, Bobby Jones, and Babe Didrickson. A total of three baseball players were featured: Carl Hubbell, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth. The Sport Kings issue is one of the most popular pre-war sets. Collectors love the design of the cards, the variety of sports stars featured, and the relatively small - and therefore easy to complete - size of the set.
The key card within the Sport Kings set is that of legendary Yankee's Hall-of-Famer Babe Ruth. Although just two years prior to his retirement, Ruth had an outstanding season in 1933. He hit for a .301 average, belted 34 home runs, and accumulated 103 RBI's. He was selected as part of the inaugural American League All Star team, and hit the very first home run in the history of the competition. Also, 1933 marked his final appearance as a pitcher, when he hurled a complete game victory against the Boston Red Sox.
The offered example is graded NM 84 by SGC. It is highlighted by clean vintage-white borders, exceptionally clear print quality, an outstanding unblemished surface, a crystal-clear sharply focused image of Ruth, and gorgeous brilliant lime-green background coloration.