1933 Goudey Baseball

The 1933 Goudey baseball card set was the most essential set issued during the 1930’s, and likewise rather a leap of faith. As the printing presses were starting to produce these cards, the United States was in the worst part of The Great Depression. Issuing any new item was challenging.

The set is among the “Big 3” traditional baseball card sets, along with the T206 and 1952 Topps sets. 

Today, cards in good condition command a premium, especially those validated and graded by respected third-party graders. 

Not only featuring an iconic design, the 33 goudey set was the first cards to feature bubble gum in each pack. This tradition of having Gum with sports cards continued all the way through 1991 with Goudey passing off the torch to Topps.

The set features Baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott.

It also has a ton of hall of famers littered throughout it.

In fact, about 25% of the cards are that of a hall of famer.

And the set features one of the “Big Three” Cards of the hobby, the Nap Lajoie. Which is among the rarest baseball cards from a mainstream set. 

The 33 Goudey set can also be considered a living set like today as there were multiple print runs.

There were cards printed after the World Series similar to that of a topps traded or series 3 set.

Here are some additional facts about the cards:

  • The set features minor leaguers
  • The cards are in a smaller design then the modern day ones
  • There are multiple designs
  • There is a canadian version of the cards
  • The cards were issued out of order

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

Nap Lajoie was retired when this card was produced. But it still doesn’t take away from how well he did in the league.

In 1901 he won the Triple Crown

He had a career .338 batting average

And accumulated 3200 hits

Along with over 100 WAR.

He was a superstar.

What makes this card special is that it technically didn’t exist in 1933.

See collectors complained to Goudey about a lack of card #106.

The set had printed out #144 Babe ruth twice instead of having card #106.

And in 1934 Goudey decided to print out #106 Napoleon Lajoie and send it to those who complained about the missing card. 

Because many of the Lajoie cards were sent out with paper clips in the mail, lots of examples still reveal paper clip imprints.

The 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie is referred to as one of the “Big 3” baseball cards in addition to 2 cards from the T206 set portraying Honus Wagner and Eddie Plank. 

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth is the most famous player of all time. Considered the best & a Yankee legend, having any Ruth card is a great idea.

For the 1933 Goudey release, Babe Ruth has a total of 4 cards.

With #144 being the most common as it was double printed.

And #53 being printed the least amount of times.

The Yellow Ruth is the most desirable

Every one of them is desirable though, and if you can pick it up, you should.

The goudey Ruth’s are expensive, but a piece of American History.

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig is almost as famous as Ruth.

While playing with Ruth, Gehrig made a lasting impact on the game.

He was named the Iron Horse as he always played in games and never took time off.

He had the consecutive game record until Cal Ripkin Jr broke it.

The two different 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig cards, #92 and #160 both feature the same design.

With both having the same print run, the values are about the same.

1933 Goudey Moe Berg

Moe Berg was a spy for the US during World War 2 who ended up receiving the presidential medal of freedom.

It’s the only card to be featured at the CIA

Due to his legendary status outside of the game of baseball, this card has a large collector audience.

How to tell if a 1933 goudey is a reprint

Looks brand new

This should be a red flag right away. The card is over 90 years old. The few great copies are already graded by PSA.

Roughly 13 percent of all those cards graded are PSA 7 or much better without any qualifiers. 

White Underneath 

If there are scratches on the card or rounded corners, look for whitening. If it’s white, the card was printed on a newer cardboard.

Coffee Smell

Forgers will use coffee grounds to artificially age a card. If a card smells like coffee, it’s most likely fake.

Paper Loss on back of reprint section

Look at some of the reprint cards where they are marked. If there is paper loss in this section, chances are it’s fake.

1933 Goudey Checklist

1 Benny Bengough RC

2 Dazzy Vance RC

3 Hughie Critz RC

4 Heinie Schuble RC

5 Babe Herman RC

6 Jimmie Dykes RC Error

6 Jimmie Dykes RC Corrected

7 Ted Lyons RC

8 Roy Johnson RC

9 Dave Harris RC

10 Glenn Myatt RC

11 Billy Rogell RC

12 George Pipgras RC

13 Lafayette Thompson RC

14 Henry Johnson RC

15 Vic Sorrell RC

16 George Blaeholder RC

17 Watty Clark RC

18 Muddy Ruel RC

19 Bill Dickey RC

20 Bill Terry RC

21 Phil Collins RC

22 Pie Traynor RC

23 Kiki Cuyler RC

24 Horace Ford RC

25 Paul Waner RC

26 Bill Cissell RC

27 Sarge Connally RC

28 Dick Bartell RC

29 Jimmie Foxx RC

30 Shanty Hogan RC

31 Tony Lazzeri RC

32 Bud Clancy RC

33 Red Kress RC

34 Bob O’Farrell RC

35 Al Simmons RC

36 Tommy Thevenow RC

37 Jimmie Wilson RC

38 Fred Brickell RC

39 Mark Koenig RC

40 Taylor Douthit RC

41 Gus Mancuso RC

42 Eddie Collins RC

43 Lew Fonseca RC

44 Jim Bottomley RC

45 Larry Benton RC

46 Ethan Allen RC

47 Heinie Manush RC

48 Marty McManus RC

49 Frankie Frisch RC

50 Ed Brandt RC

51 Charlie Grimm RC

52 Andy Cohen RC

53 Babe Ruth RC

54 Ray Kremer RC

55 Pat Malone RC

56 Red Ruffing RC

57 Earl Clark RC

58 Lefty O’Doul RC

59 Bing Miller RC

60 Waite Hoyt RC

61 Max Bishop RC

62 Pepper Martin RC

63 Joe Cronin RC

64 Burleigh Grimes RC

65 Milton Gaston RC

66 George Grantham RC

67 Guy Bush RC

68 Hod Lisenbee RC

69 Randy Moore RC

70 Pete Scott RC

71 Bobby Burke RC

72 Ownie Carroll RC

73 Jesse Haines RC

74 Eppa Rixey RC

75 Willie Kamm RC

76 Mickey Cochrane RC

77 Adam Comorosky RC

78 Jack Quinn RC

79 Red Faber RC

80 Clyde Manion RC

81 Sam Jones RC

82 Dib Williams RC

83 Pete Jablonski RC

84 Glenn Spencer RC

85 Heinie Sand RC

86 Phil Todt RC

87 Frank O’Rourke RC

88 Russell Rollings RC

89 Tris Speaker

90 Jess Petty RC

91 Tom Zachary RC

92 Lou Gehrig RC

93 John Welch RC

94 Bill Walker RC

95 Alvin Crowder RC

96 Willis Hudlin RC

97 Joe Morrisey RC

98 Wally Berger RC

99 Tony Cuccinello RC

100 George Uhle RC

101 Richard Coffman RC

102 Travis Jackson RC

103 Earle Combs RC

104 Fred Marberry RC

105 Bernie Friberg RC

106 Nap Lajoie SP

107 Heinie Manush RC

108 Joe Kuhel RC

109 Joe Cronin RC

110 Goose Goslin RC

111 Monte Weaver RC

112 Fred Schulte RC

113 Ossie Bluege RC

114 Luke Sewell RC

115 Cliff Heathcote RC

116 Eddie Morgan RC

117 Rabbit Maranville RC

118 Val Picinich RC

119 Rogers Hornsby RC

120 Carl Reynolds RC

121 Lefty Stewart RC

122 Alvin Crowder RC

123 Jack Russell RC

124 Earl Whitehill RC

125 Bill Terry RC

126 Jo-Jo Moore RC

127 Mel Ott RC

128 Chuck Klein RC

129 Hal Schumacher RC

130 Freddie Fitzsimmons RC

131 Fred Frankhouse RC

132 Jim Elliott RC

133 Fred Lindstrom RC

134 Sam Rice RC

135 Woody English RC

136 Flint Rhem RC

137 Red Lucas RC

138 Herb Pennock RC

139 Ben Cantwell RC

140 Bump Hadley RC

141 Ray Benge RC

142 Paul Richards RC

143 Glenn Wright RC

144 Babe Ruth RC

145 Rube Walberg RC

146 Lefty Stewart RC

147 Leo Durocher RC

148 Eddie Farrell RC

149 Babe Ruth RC

150 Ray Kolp RC

151 Jake Flowers RC

152 Zack Taylor RC

153 Buddy Myer RC

154 Jimmie Foxx RC

155 Joe Judge RC

156 Danny Macfayden RC

157 Sammy Byrd RC

158 Moe Berg RC

159 Ossie Bluege RC

160 Lou Gehrig RC

161 Al Spohrer RC

162 Leo Magnum RC

163 Luke Sewell RC

164 Lloyd Waner RC

165 Joe Sewell RC

166 Sam West RC

167 Jack Russell RC

168 Goose Goslin RC

169 Tommy Thomas RC

170 Harry McGurdy RC

171 Charlie Jamieson RC

172 Pinky Hargrave RC

173 Roscoe Holm RC

174 Curly Ogden RC

175 Dan Howley MG RC

176 John Ogden RC

177 Walter French RC

178 Jackie Warner RC

179 Fred Leach RC

180 Eddie Moore RC

181 Babe Ruth RC

182 Andy High RC

183 Rube Walberg RC

184 Charlie Berry RC

185 Bob Smith RC

186 Johnny Schulte RC

187 Heinie Manush RC

188 Rogers Hornsby RC

189 Joe Cronin RC

190 Fred Schulte RC

191 Ben Chapman RC

192 Walter Brown RC

193 Lyn Lary RC

194 Earl Averill RC

195 Evar Swanson RC

196 Roy Mahaffey RC

197 Rick Ferrell RC

198 Jack Burns RC

199 Tommy Bridges RC

200 Bill Hallahan RC

201 Ernie Orsatti RC

202 Gabby Hartnett RC

203 Lon Warneke RC

204 Riggs Stephenson RC

205 Heinie Manush RC

206 Gus Suhr RC

207 Mel Ott RC

208 Bernie James RC

209 Dolf Luque RC

210 Virgil Davis RC

211 Hack Wilson RC

212 Billy Urbanski RC

213 Sparky Adams RC

214 Buddy Kerr RC

215 Russ Van Atta RC

216 Vernon Gomez RC

217 Frankie Crosetti RC

218 Wes Ferrell RC

219 Mule Haas RC

220 Lefty Grove RC

221 Dale Alexander RC

222 Charlie Gehringer RC

223 Dizzy Dean RC

224 Frank Demaree RC

225 Billy Jurges RC

226 Charlie Root RC

227 Billy Herman RC

228 Tony Piet RC

229 Arky Vaughan RC

230 Carl Hubbell RC

231 Jo-Jo Moore RC

232 Lefty O’Doul RC

233 Johnny Vergez RC

234 Carl Hubbell RC

235 Freddie Fitzsimmons RC

236 George Davis RC

237 Gus Mancuso RC

238 Hughie Critz RC

239 Leroy Parmalee RC

240 Hal Schumacher RC

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