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Majestic
Classic Rarity
1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

Fall 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 128
1933 Goudey # 106
Nap Lajoie
Graded by SGC as NM 84

Realized Price: $55,800

This is the most celebrated and famous issue of all the standard 1930's baseball cards. It is the key card within the landmark 1933 Goudey set, even though it was not printed and distributed until 1934. After omitting card #106 from their 1933 set, the Goudey Gum Co. received a flood of requests from disgruntled collectors seeking the missing issue. Upon receipt of these requests, Goudey would send out a copy of the card (printed post-facto along with the 1934 set), along with a letter of correspondence. Usually the card was either paper-clipped or stapled to the letter, and most surviving copies have marks, stains, or creases due to this method of distribution. The card is extremely rare as it was never available in packs, only through direct request.

In the opinion of many, Napoleon Lajoie was the greatest second baseman in the history of baseball. He enjoyed a spectacular 21-year career (1896-1916), during which he was one of the most celebrated players in the game. Lajoie was a five-time American League batting champion, was the first American League Triple Crown Award winner (in 1901), and still holds the American League mark for the highest single season batting average (.426 in 1901). During the early years of the twentieth century, Lajoie battled the great Ty Cobb in one of baseball's most legendary rivalries.

Certified NM 84 by SGC, this copy is highlighted by outstanding centering, clean vintage-white borders, crystal-clear printing, and bold richly colored artwork. The card has a wonderfully balanced, totally natural appearance with extraordinary visual appeal.

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