March 2015 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/20/2015
The history of baseball cards, like any collectible that has been in existence for over 150 years, has its share of folklore. Many of the best stories attempt to explain the extreme scarcity of certain issues. The legend of the T206 Wagner, Plank, and the Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" reverse, the 1954 Bowman Ted Williams, and of course, the 1952 Topps Mantle, each have a unique origin. Some of the tales are well-documented, while others remain "theories" that likely will never be solved; a buried mystery of a time long passed. The 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie card is one of those great icons, positioned right near the top of the list of the hobby's ultimate rarities and most recognizable images, steeped in historical lore as any card ever produced. It all began with the production of the 1933 Goudey series, purported to be a 240-card set but was actually one card short as card #106 was never issued. Knowing collectors would be determined to complete the set, Goudey exploited their clients in an effort to keep the money rolling in. It didn't take long for Goudey's subterfuge to be discovered and subsequently printed the missing card #106 the next year, explaining why it bears the design of Goudey's 1934 product. But the card was produced in limited quantity with Goudey mailing them only to collectors that had formally complained about the missing card in writing. With the 1933 Goudey series becoming one of the most celebrated collections ever produced, the "1933" Goudey #106 Lajoie has become a legendary pasteboard whose legacy, and price, continues to grow with each passing year. Offered is an enticing PSA 6 example of one the hobby's most coveted rarities that will instantly raise the status of any Goudey collection to the elite level. Centered slightly toward the right side but well within the limitations for an even higher assessment, the lime green backdrop that most collectors are only familiar with through photos and scans is robust and bright, capably supporting the sharp and distinct image of Lajoie and matched with a clean, well-printed and slightly toned reverse. Each corner is appropriate and consistent for the grade though the overall presentation appears superior to the naked eye. If you're in the market for a PSA 6 level '33 Lajoie but have been waiting for the right one to come along, chances are good that this elusive masterpiece we leave you fully satisfied!
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA 6 EX/MT
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Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $26,760.00
Number Bids:21
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