August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2018
The year 1938 is the beginning of what scholars refer to as the Golden Age of Comic Books. Comic strip characters like Popeye and Little Orphan Annie were wildly popular throughout Depression-era America, and in June 1938, Action Comics #1, featuring Superman, was famously published. It is no coincidence then that Goudey produced its 48-card "Heads Up" set in this year. The cards, measuring 2½" by 3", feature oversized photograph heads of ballplayers attached to cartoon bodies. Each of 24 featured subjects has two cards in the set: one with an off-white background and another with black-and-white comic graphics surrounding the player. Serious-minded collectors might find these cards a bit campy, but many vintage collectors are drawn to the undeniable charm and whimsy of the set, as there is nothing else like it from this era.

The two key cards in the set, without a doubt, belong to New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio. Although he is depicted on a handful of earlier regional and premium issues, Joltin' Joe's pair of 1938 Goudey cards are his first mainstream releases. Thus, many hobbyists have classified these as rookie cards, but that is up for debate. What is not up for debate is how tough to find these are, especially compared to early sets from Goudey such as their groundbreaking 1933 and 1934 baseball issues. Offered here is a gorgeous mid-grade example of DiMaggio's #250 card in the '38 Goudey set. Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA, it exhibits good centering, minimal toning, and well-formed corners for its technical grade. In fact, only some very minor paper loss in the upper right corner have prevented this card from earning a PSA 6 or 7 mark. This is one of the top cards to chase for fans of Joseph Paul DiMaggio, one of the heroes of the game. And speaking of heroes, even Superman can't say he was ever married to Marilyn Monroe!
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,169
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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