The 1930s Goudey issues are favorites among collectors. The colorful artwork along with the presence of numerous legendary Hall of Famers makes them among the most popular bubble gum card sets ever made. The 1934 Goudey set is no exception. Headlined by two Lou Gehrig cards, this 96-card set is the first one that many set builders jump into. However, this set challenges collectors thanks to the 19 Hall of Famers it contains.
In addition to Gehrig, stars like Hank Greenberg, Jimmie Foxx, and Dizzy Dean are among the ranks. Who’s missing? After four appearances in the 1933 Goudey issue, Babe Ruth is noticeably absent from the 1934 issue, which is smaller in numbers than the ultra-popular ’33 set.
Ruth reappears, however, in the 1935 Goudey 4-in-1 puzzle issue. This set features four players per card on the front, while presenting part of a puzzle on the back. There are 36 card fronts, with different puzzle backs yielding a challenging master set chase.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week is another double feature: 1934 and 1935 Goudey sets, both in lower to mid-grade overall, both designed for collectors on a budget. One spot will net the participating collector a card from one of the two sets.
Cards in both sets range from VG-EX to PR, but average out to GD to G/VG. The condition for some of the key cards is as follows: #37 Gehrig PSA 1, #61 Gehrig PSA 2, #1 Foxx SGC 20, and ’35 Goudey Ruth PSA 1.5.
Group breaks allow collectors to buy a spot for set price. When all spots are sold, the cards are distributed randomly to the participants. Some will get the key cards for a fraction of their value, while others take home vintage commons for set building or trade bait. In order to ensure transparency, the randomization is broadcast live online for all participants to view and recorded for those who cannot watch it live.
The price for this break is set at $50 per slot with 132 total slots available, and they will go on sale on Friday, June 10th at 11 AM CST. To purchase slots in the break or to find out more, you can access the break page here.
Burl’s Sports has recently acquired an impressive run of complete vintage sets that will be broken in the coming months, including a complete run of Topps sets from 1952-72, Goudey sets from 1933-36, 1939-1941 Play Ball and 1941 Double Play.