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By the time Goudey Big League Gum debuted in 1933, the great Napolean Lajoie had been out of baseball for almost 20 years, having retired after the 1916 season. Just as Zach Wheat, Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb would do years later, Lajoie spent his final two seasons as a role player for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. But the graceful and athletic second baseman will forever be remembered for his years in Cleveland, where he was so beloved that the team was called the “Naps” during a portion of his playing days. Imagine today if the Clevleand Cavaliers were called the “LeBrons” or the Los Angeles Angels were called the “Trouts”. It’s unthinkable. But as unimaginable as it might be, Lajoie’s teams in Cleveland proudly named for their team captain, leader and fan favorite.

The 1933 Goudey Lajoie – The Ultimate Marketing Ploy

Goudey’s Big League Gum baseball card issue unleashed a collecting frenzy the likes of which hadn’t been seen since 1909, when American Tobacco released the unrivaled White Border T206 set that sent youngsters to the streets hustling cigarette packs from anyone that would listen to their cries.

Goudey’s star-studded cavalcade of 1933 helped thwart competitors and boost sales – imagine being able to open a pack of Goudeys and know that you might find Ruth, Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Dizzy Dean, Hack Wilson, or any number of all-time greats. But Goudey played with a bit of gamesmanship for those collectors out to obtain an entire set of cards. They left out card #106. And for those collectors who inquired about the card after endlessly searching for it were rewarded by mail with none other than Lajoie at #106.

A Card Graded Good+ That Looks Better Than Good
Goudey example appears to the naked eye to be superior to its 2.5 GOOD+ grade. We’ve seen many VG 3s and VG+ 3.5s that didn’t show as well as this card. Genuinely, the card has been handled – but at the same time it was never abused. There’s minor soiling along the borders resulting in what we call an “white border showing handling.” But the card doesn’t exhibit heavily rounded corners, foxing, creasing or any other damage that would pull this relic to a 2.5 GOOD+ grade. We just don’t see it. Perhaps that’s because we’re not viewing with hyper magnification. But again, to the naked eye, this card appears much better than its grade.

The Key To The Goudey Set

The 1933 Lajoie still holds the prestige as being one of the great cards of the hobby. Fewer examples have found their way to market recently, with early Mantle and Ruth cards dominating the headlines. But make no mistake, the Goudey Lajoie still represents the pinnacle of the hobby and no true advanced collection or portfolio is complete without it.

Call for details. And, as we always say, bid early and be prepared to stay up late for this one.

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1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie SGC 2.5 Good+

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Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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