October 2018 Fall Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/4/2018
Occupying the No. 2 slot in our October 2018 Fall Classic Auction is the pendant portrait to the high-end Joe DiMaggio collectible immediately preceding it. Offered here is the stunning black and white version of the Yankee Clipper's 1939 R303-B Goudey Premium card. Scoring a PSA 7 Near Mint grade from PSA, it is one of only four such examples in this grade, with none ranking higher. Featuring a stunning black and white portrait of the great centerfielder, this card has pristine image registration, crisp edges, and good centering for its grade. Only some very minor corner wear prevented it from achieving loftier hobby heights. Nevertheless, as it stands, there are no finer specimens of its type in the hobby.

Adding to the allure of this vintage masterpiece is the fact that it hails from the 1939 season, when DiMaggio captured the first of his three American League MVP Awards, batting .381 and leading New York to a four-game World Series sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. That year, he also made the cover of the May 1 issue of the popular Life magazine. Of course, he would gain even more fame and acclaim in 1941, when his 56-game hitting streak became, in the words of DiMaggio biographer Lawrence Baldassaro, a "national obsession."

That obsession continues today for connoisseurs of DiMaggio's cardboard. For many Yankee fans, DiMaggio was their father's favorite player, and that nostalgic connection has created a new generation of Joltin' Joe collectors. This item is worth big points to hobbyists seeking out the 41 cards comprising the PSA Registry's Joe DiMaggio Master Set. While there are certainly pricier DiMaggio cards out there, none can top this 1939 Goudey Premium when it comes to beauty, rarity, and condition. This item deserves your serious consideration.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,082
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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