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Finest Graded
1939 R303-A Ted Williams
First Year Issue

Fall 2013 Auction
Lot Number: 157
1939 R303-A Goudey Premiums
Ted Williams
Graded by SGC as NM 84

Realized Price: $4,080

This R303-A Goudey Premium is one of four issues featuring Red Sox Hall-of-Fame legend Ted Williams that were distributed during his rookie season of 1939. Part of a 48-subject set, this 4" x 6-1/4" thin sepia-tone paper card was produced as a premium issue by the Goudey Gum Company. This example featuring Williams is the most important and valuable card within the set.

One of the finest hitters in the history of baseball, Williams enjoyed a spectacular 22-year career, all with Boston. He was a 19-time All Star selection, won two Most Valuable Player Awards, was one of just two players in history to win two Triple Crown Awards, won six American league batting titles, and was the last player to hit over .400 (.406 in 1941). Amazingly, he won his final two batting titles at the age of 39 and 40 years old.

This is the finest graded example, at either SGC or PSA! It has a clean unblemished surface, attractive vanilla-white borders, a boldly contrasting image and background, and an absolutely stunning illustration of Williams. Because of its relatively large size and thin paper stock, this issue is extremely difficult to find in high-grade.

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