1939 Goudey Premiums R303-A

The 1939 Goudey Premiums R303A baseball card set consists of 48 cards, each one 4” by 6-3/16”. Printed on paper, each piece displays a player photo that extends almost to the edge, plus a facsimile signature. The fronts are printed in a brown-toned sepia. Card backs feature “How to” instructions, such as “How to Tag a Man Out,” and the Diamond Stars Gum name. (The name is misleading, as the issue has nothing to do with National Chicle’s Diamond Stars set, rather Goudey Gum). The set is anchored by the rookie card of Ted Williams, as well as cards for Luke Appling, Earl Averill, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Jimmie Foxx, Charles Gehinger, Lefty Gomez, Joe Gordon, Hank Greenberg, and Mel Ott. The Hall of Famers, most notably Williams, command a much higher premium than the “everyday” players in the collection. This set is sometimes mistaken for the 1939 Goudey Premium R303B set, as both use identical imagery. However, this series measures slightly smaller than its counterpart, with examples sometimes found with trimmed top and border edges that were meant for distribution in Canada.


Al Simmons
Arky Vaughan
Ben Chapman
Bill Dickey
Billy Herman
Bob Feller
Bob Johnson
Buck Newsom
Buddy Hassett
Cecil Travis
Charles Gehringer
Charley Root
Darrell Blanton
Earl Averill
Eric McNair
Ernie Lombardi
Frank Crosetti
Frank Higgins
Frank Pytlak
Fred Htchinson
George Case
Gus Mancuso
Hal Trosky
Hank Greenberg
Ival Goodman
James Tabor
Jeff Heath
Jimmy Foxx (Jimmie)
Joe Cronin
Joe DiMaggio
Joe Gordon
Joe Vosmik
Ken Keltner
Lefty Gomez
Lon Warneke
Luke Appling
Mace Brown
Marvin Owen
Mel Ott
Mike Kreevich
Paul Derringer
Rudy York
Ted Williams
Tom Henrich
Van Mungo
Wally Berger
Woodrow Rich
Zeke Bonura