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.
|Jimmy Foxx (Jimmie)|