Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII
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The most popular pre-WWII bubble gum set ever manufactured is, unquestionably, the 1933 Goudey issue manufactured by the prestigious Boston Goudey Gum Company. Of the 240 subjects issued with the set, the general consensus amongst avid collectors continues to be that the rarest specimen is the iconic #106 Napoleon Lajoie due to his example never being inserted in the bubble gum packs. The following year, the Goudey Gum Company mailed this ultra-valuable card to the individuals’ that had expressed their discontent via writing directly to the company over its prior year omission. This is why many set builders only partake in the endeavor of assembling 239 of the total 240 subjects, with their budgets not able to accommodate the iconic #106 Lajoie rarity. For those elite enthusiasts who were successfully relentless in their pursuit of all 240 subjects, including the Lajoie, we at Goodwin & Company have some “good news” and “bad news”. Let’s start with the “bad news”…unfortunately, there exists, “at a minimum”, A FEW OTHER Goudey 1933 specimens above and beyond the 240 standard checklist. Excuse me, and can you please repeat that again? How can this be possible? Cretainly viable questions with a single accommodating answer. Before the cards were cut from sheets and placed in Goudey packs, we can assume that the vendor utilized a practice whereby the original created sheets were “scoured” by the employees, who engaged in a thorough search to ensure that no erroneous duplicates were inadvertently included in the set. Any error cards (e.g., subjects that were flawed, duplicates, carried incorrect checklist numbers, etc.) were omitted from the “factory proof sheets”, with the appropriate corrections reflected on the revised sheets that would be the FINAL proofs to be factory cut, with these cards inserted into Goudey packs. One of those error cards appearing in the “proof examination stage” happened to be Boston Braves catcher Al Spohrer. Inadvertently, one of the originally produced proof sheets listed Spohrer as subject #124, the number reserved for the successful southpaw hurler Earl Whitehill. Al Spohrer had already been assigned checklist number 161, and baseball card history was now made when the Goudey Company removed the #124 Spohrer subject from that respective sheet and replaced it with #124 Earl Whitehill. With that said, did you ever wonder what happened to that original sheet, and more significantly, the respective Al Spohrer #124 error proof card? Now the good news! Recently, a high-end private collector who specializes in collecting the hobby’s most prominent rarities provided us with, to the best of our knowledge, the ONLY known recorded Al Spohrer #124 Goudey proof card in existence! Encapsulated in an SGC “Authentic” holder, this is the ONLY #124 Spohrer Goudey proof we have ever seen, graded or raw. While it is only pure conjecture that another #124 Spohrer proof isn’t safely tucked away in a private collection, we can only speculate based on current hobby awareness. First and foremost, this is, undeniably, the only graded copy for ALL major grading companies. Secondly, to our best of our knowledge, no auction house that we can recall has ever offered another one, leaving us with the assumption that this is, indeed, the SOLE existing #124 Spohrer proof. Regarding the “Authentic” grade, as most enthusiasts realize, it is both SGC’s and PSA’s standard practice of not providing numerical grades to “hand cut” cards from an original sheet. Therefore, the technical assessment has no correlation, whatsoever, to the fine aesthetics portrayed by this miraculous, “1 of 1” offering. For that select group of elite collectors priding themselves on obtaining every possible variation in existence, above and beyond a master set checklist, acquiring this card would be the ultimate achievement. Typically, even the rarest cards in the industry manage to surface several times, but this unparalleled specimen will most likely be your SOLE opportunity to claim ownership of a #124 Al Spohrer 1933 Goudey proof. The card itself is in superb condition. Spohrer’s classic batting stance portrays spectacular coloring, contrast and clarity, set against a nearly flawless light baby blue background. The overall image is well centered, all four borders are a sparkling clean off-white, and three of the four corners still retain a majority of their original square shape. Only the lower right corner depicts some peripheral wear that has practically zero impact on the cards superb eye appeal. The historic reverse boldly projects the erroneous “- No. 124-“ checklist number typography near the upper border. The remaining back side print is also unblemished, with only some faint pencil notations situated near the upper left quadrant. While the overall condition emanates superior visual appeal, this is one instance where the aesthetic magnitude falls far short of the card’s sheer existence. This is it folks, the SOLE known Al Spohrer #124 Goudey card from this hallowed 1933 bubble gum set. We do realize that 1933 Goudey’s will always be considered a 240 subject set, with proof variations most likely never to be included on the standard checklist. However, the most extreme collectors, whether focused on ascertaining the hobby’s scarcest cards or EVERY possible Goudey variation including “proof” examples, typically forgo the “standard checklist” concept, thriving on the “once in a lifetime opportunity” this miraculous #124 Al Spohrer presents!
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1933 Goudey Al Spohrer Error #161 (#124) SGC Authentic  “Only Known Copy in Existence”

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Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,023.93
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Friday, July 30, 2010.
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