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1938 Goudey Heads-Up baseball cards

As mentioned on the previous page these baseball cards were collected by my Dad back in the 30's.  I recall snickering at the sight of the cartoon-like characters when Dad showed 'em to me.  I must have been 7 or 8 yrs old.  The cards are smaller (2-3/8" x 2-7/8") compared to contemporary Topps and Fleer cards I was more familiar with in the 50's & 60's ("normal cards" measure 2" x 3"), but the thing I couldn't relate to was the format: a photo of a player's head perched on an illustration of a ball player in action.  Some cards also had additional illustrations that looked more like doodles to me back then.  Today, I find them to be totally charming...hence the group picture frame.  These tend to be rather valuable, based on condition of the card - the slightest crease or damaged edge can cause a card to "tank" in value...but heck, these are 80-yr old pieces of cardboard...not exactly the most durable material ever created by man. Brother John has a broader view: "Your cards are more than just pieces of "cardboard"...think of them as fragile and vulnerable pieces of era-specific, sports/pop culture!"  Well said.  I get that, now.  I also think they capture a sense of our father's youth. 

Cards in my 7-panel picture (left to right):  Charlie Gehringer, Al Lopez, Jimmy Foxx, Bill Werber, Ernie Lombardi, Bump Hadley, Joe "Ducky" Medwick. 

More fun facts about the Heads-Up cards (courtesy from America's largest sports card grading & authentication service, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA):
The Goudey Big League “Heads Up” set consists of 48 cards...noteworthy for its unique numbering system, one that begins its run with card #241 – picking up where Goudey’s groundbreaking 1933 Big League Gum set numerically left off.  Cards #241-264 feature plain backgrounds on the fronts, while cards #265-288 bear the same basic design and photo but with the addition of small drawings and comments visible in the background. Backs have player statistical and biographical information. The set boasts an abundance of future Hall of Famers, with 24 different players pictured twice in the set, and is anchored by the rookie card of Bob Feller, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Al Lopez and Jimmie Foxx. 
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originally posted 04.27.18