1938 Goudey Baseball Cards

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In 1937, Goudey chose not to release a set at all.

So the 38 set was their first release since 1936.

Although the cartoonish quality of 1938 Goudey Baseball might appear to lessen the appeal of this 1930s release, the set is extremely respected in the hobby.

Much more then that of the black and white 36 set.

The unique deign and quality checklist guarantees that 1938 Goudey will remain a classic staple for several years to come.

1938 Goudey Baseball card fronts feature caricatures of some of the very best players of the time. 

An artist-colored headshot image with a cartoon body drawn beneath serve as the main feature of the card.

Considered that the head is so much bigger than the body, the set was marketed as the “Directs” set and still goes by that name

In keeping with the back-to-basics technique, the card backs are nearly similar to the 1933 Goudey set.

 Backs included the gamer’s name, card number, the traditional Goudey tag at the bottoms, and a player biography.

Hall of Famers in the set include Charlie Gehringer, Ernie Lombardi, Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Bobby Doerr, Ducky Medwick, and Bob Feller.

Card Numbering

The 48 card set consists of 24 players. 

Goudey made the decision to start numbering at #241. 

Which #240 was the end of the 33 Goudey set.

Which is odd because 34 is more of an extension to the set then 38 Goudey is.

 After all, following the 1933 set, Goudey created other sets from 1934 to 1938. All of those sets started with Card No. 1 and the 1938 set is the only one that chose up from a previous concern’s card numbers.

The very first 24 cards discuss a 288-card concern, while the last 24 indicate 312 cards in all. 

Since there were no cards beyond # 288, Goudey apparently scrapped any prepare for additional series

Card No. 265 through No. 288 are thought about high number concerns and valued at slightly more than the earlier cards in the set.

Joe DiMaggio #250 & #274

The Yankee legend has his Rookie card in this set.

Joltin Joe won 3 MVPs and 9 World Series titles with the Yankees while still missing time for the War.

This is the most expensive card in the set and any HOF or Yankee collector will desire this card.

Bob Feller #264 & #278

Many people consider Bob Feller’s 48 Bowman his rookie, but his first major release came from the 38 Goudey series.

A big what if career, its possible Feller would have been a top 10 pitcher if not for his time in the service.

Ernie Lombardi #246

Lombardi had 3 different versions of card #246 in the set.

Goudey listed Lombardi playing for the Reds instead of the Red Sox

Because of this, they tried correcting the error a few ways.

Red Sox

Of the three cards, the Red Sox mistake is the most scarce and easily the most valuable of the group

This is the rarest version of the error. It was corrected pretty quickly.

It features Lombardi’s team as the Red Sox instead of reds.

Reds with Baseball

The most common Lombardi. Goudey had a baseball printed over the Sox.

This was it only shows Reds.

Reds

The 2nd rarest version

There weren’t many printed of the corrected final version.

1938 Goudey Checklist

Series 1

241 Charlie Gehringer

242 Ervin Fox

243 Joe Kuhel

244 Frank Demaree

245 Frank Pytlak

246 Ernie Lombardi

247 Joe Vosmick

248 Dick Bartell

249 Jimmy Foxx

250 Joe DiMaggio

251 Bump Hadley

252 Zeke Bonura

253 Hank Greenberg

254 Van Lingle Mungo

255 Julius Solters

256 Vernon Kennedy

257 Al Lopez

258 Bobby Doerr

259 Bill Werber

260 Rudy York

261 Rip Radcliff

262 Joe Ducky Medwick

263 Marvin Owen

264 Bob Feller

Series 2

265 Charlie Gehringer

266 Ervin Fox

267 Joe Kuhel

268 Frank Demaree

269 Frank Pytlak

270 Ernie Lombardi

271 Joe Vosmick

272 Dick Bartell

273 Jimmy Foxx

274 Joe DiMaggio

275 Bump Hadley

276 Zeke Bonura

277 Hank Greenberg

278 Van Lingle Mungo

279 Julius Solters

280 Vernon Kennedy

281 Al Lopez

282 Bobby Doerr

283 Bill Werber

284 Rudy York

285 Rip Radcliff

286 Joe Ducky Medwick

287 Marvin Owen

288 Bob Feller

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