1933 Goudey Baseball Cards

The Goudey Gum Company was founded by Enos Gordon Goudey in 1919 and opened his first factory in Boston. He eventually became known as the “Penny Gum King of America”. Goudey decided to throw his hat into the baseball card arena with the debut of the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards.

The 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards, designated R319 in the American Card Catalog, are considered to be the most popular pre-war cards. The 1933 Goudeys were the second baseball card set to be mass marketed, 22 years after the T206 Tobacco card set was the first. The Goudey Gum Co. succeeded in rekindling collector interest with this important set. And they were the first baseball cards sold in wax packs with a piece of gum!

There are 52 Hall of Fame players in the 1933 Goudey Baseball Card set, one of the reason they became so popular. The cards are nearly square in size, measuring 2 3/8″ x 2 7/8″. Fronts include a colorful background and a beautiful player image while the backs include a biography of the player.

Along with the 1952 Topps and T206s, the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards are among the most important baseball cards ever produced. When the Goudeys came onto the market in 1933 the excitement and desire to buy baseball cards was immediate. It had been 22 long years since the T206 Baseball Cards were produced, and baseball cards had languished during that time.

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards from #230 to #240 feature New York Giants players who defeated the Washington Senators in the 1933 World Series. A few of these NY Giant cards refer to the 1933 World Series results. This means the 1933 Goudeys were produced until the end of October 1933 at a minimum. The 1933 Goudey Baseball Card Set is considered complete at 239 cards.

1933 Goudey Baseball Card Babe Ruth
1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Lou Gehrig
1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Picture of Card Back

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards and Card #106

Card #106 was never issued with the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards. Some collectors actually wrote the Goudey Gum Company to complain. Their letters were rewarded when Goudey finally sent them the long awaited card #106 in 1934. Card number 106 ended up being Nap Lajoie, a major star in the earlier part of the 20th century.

It isn’t clear why the card was not included in the set. Some have theorized that the company, in hopes of having collectors buy more packs to find the card, left it out on purpose. That was a popular strategy among other card manufacturers and is a plausible explanation.

Lajoie was an odd choice to be included here. He retired after the 1916 season and was 58 years old when the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards were printed. A more logical choice would have been Ty Cobb, who had stopped playing a few years earlier. Ty Cobb may not have been selected to be in the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards because he was being featured in Goudey’s 1933 Sport Kings set.

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Napolean Lajoie

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards – another Card #106?

A card of Leo Durocher with the number 106 on the back was recently discovered. The card is hand cut and likely never distributed. It is believed to have been a sample. There is only one known #106 Leo Durocher 1933 Goudey baseball card.

All Important 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards of Babe Ruth

Goudey scored a major victory by featuring Babe Ruth on four cards, #53 with a yellow background, #149 with a red background, #181 with a green background, and #144 with a full batting pose showing Ruth finishing his swing. This was a brilliant move because it attracted the public to buy more Goudey gum!

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Babe Ruth
1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Babe Ruth

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards and Hall Of Fame Players

This 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards featured 52 soon to be Hall of Fame baseball players in 66 poses and front variations. That means 28% of 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards were Hall of Fame players!! One of the main reasons this set became so popular, and why so many collectors purchased Goudey Gum all the way to the end of the year. Below is a list of the Hall of Fame players:

2Dazzy Vance119Rogers Hornsby
7Ted Lyons125Bill Terry
19Bill Dickey127Mel Ott
20Bill Terry128Chuck Klein
22Pie Traynor133Fred Lindstrom
23Ki-Ki Cuyler134Sam Rice
25Paul Waner138Herb Pennock
29Jimmie Foxx144Babe Ruth
31Tony Lazzeri147Leo Durocher
35Al Simmons149Babe Ruth
42Eddie Collins154Jimmie Foxx
44Jim Bottomley160Lou Gehrig
47Heinie Manush164Lloyd Waner
49Frank Frisch165Joe Sewell
53Babe Ruth168Goose Goslin
56Red Ruffing181Babe Ruth
58Frank Lefty O’Doul187Heinie Manush
60Waite Hoyt188Rogers Hornsby
63Joseph Cronin189Joe Cronin
64Burleigh Grimes194Earl Averill
73Jesse Haines197Rick Ferrell
74Eppa Rixey202Gabby Hartnett
76Mickey Cochrane207Mel Ott
79Urban ‘Red” Faber211Hack Wilson
89Tris Speaker216Vernon Gomez
92Lou Gehrig220Lefty Grove
102Travis Jackson222Charlie Gehringer
103Earle Combs223Dizzy Dean
106Nap Lajoie227Billy Herman
107Heinie Manush229Arky Vaughan
109Joe Cronin230Carl Hubbell
110Goose Goslin232Frank Lefty O’Doul
117Rabbit Maranville234Carl Hubbell

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Jimmie Foxx
1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Lefty Grove
1933 Goudey Baseball Cards Tris Speaker

1933 Goudey Baseball Cards – Moe Berg

Although not a Hall of Famer, another important card is Moe Berg. A relative unknown despite a long playing career. His card attracts a lot of attention because of what he did later, serving as a U.S. spy during World War II.

A Corrected Error in the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards

Jimmy Dykes, card #6, is the only known card in the set to have an error and a corrected version. The error card identifies Dykes as being 26 years old, even though he was 36. His age was changed to 36 in the corrected version.

Beware, there are Reprints of the 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards

Collectors seeking 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards should be aware of reprints. Renata Galasso marketed an entire 240 card reprint set. Reprint cards are easily identified by a different ‘feel’ to the card due to a glossy front presentation. Some reprint cards are indicated as such on the back. The Renato Galasso reprints have “Renata Galasso Reprint” printed on the back between the “Goudey Gum Co.” and “Boston”.

Beware of cards that have been artificially aged. Many reprints have been stained to look ‘old’. These ‘old’ looking reprints can also have paper loss or wear to hide the words ‘Renata Galasso Reprint” on the back.

How to Sell your 1933 Goudey Baseball Cards

Learn how to prepare your cards for sale following the quick guide below:

  1. Identify your HOF Player cards, see list above
  2. Take pictures of the HOF Player cards (front & back)
  1. Count the remaining cards
  2. Make a list of the HOF player cards, and the number of commons
  3. Do your best to determine their condition.
  4. Check eBay’s Recent Sales of similar conditioned cards to get an idea of values. Don’t look at what people are asking, there are some irrelevant/crazy prices being asked for cards that will never be sold! Actual Sale Prices will steer you in the right direction for proper pricing.
  5. Send us the list along with the card pictures and we will contact you with an offer.

Even 1933 Goudeys that are creased, scuffed, stained, or dog-eared have value. Many collectors desire cards in this condition because they are affordable.

Why you should sell to Kurtz Kardz

Finding the retail customer takes an extensive amount of work and most people with collections don’t have the time or knowledge to accomplish the task. Also, the sports card shops in your area are generally not well equipped to appraise or purchase vintage collections of any magnitude. These retail stores are focused on selling modern products and simply don’t have the time or the knowledge to carefully evaluate vintage collections. So, how should you proceed? Kurtz Kardz will buy the entire collection and pay cash for it immediately.

We start with the more valuable cards from your collection. We grade them while showing/explaining the reasons for the grade.  We then establish a price for the card with a full explanation of how that is done. Once we receive your ‘Buy In’ of our explanation and the assessed value, we will continue with the remaining cards and come up with an offer for the entire collection.

We have been in the card collecting hobby full time since 1996. We have purchased nearly every card in existence except for the ‘True Rarities’, no T206 Wagner yet!!

We treat every collection and collector with the respect they deserve. Being a longtime collector myself, I understand how much work it takes to build a collection. So when you’re ready to sell, I understand what you are going through and will help you reach the best decision.

Our process is very straight forward and my guarantee is that you will feel comfortable within the first 10 minutes. Sounds a little overly confident? Well, I have purchased hundreds of collections over the last 26 years, with many pleased clients.

We Are Always Buying

Kurtz Kardz is always buying vintage sports cards from 1887 to 1972. You can get an idea of the cards we aggressively target by visiting Our Most Wanted List. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today.

How can I engage with Kurtz Kardz?

  1. We will Travel to You! If you have a collection and want us to come see You, we can catch a plane the next day! We have traveled all over the country buying sports cards, you can be our next stop! Contact us to discuss this option, we generally require a more valuable collection because of travel expenses.
  2. Meet me in Denver, Colorado
  3. Ship your collection – We can offer our FedEx account with free 2-day shipping. The package will be fully insured and tracked. We will make an offer the day we receive your cards. If you choose not to sell the cards, we’ll ship them back that day! For those of you who are nervous about shipping your cards, we have shipped millions of dollars’ worth of cards and only placed one insurance claim (in the amount of $650) in our 26 years. If you have engaged with us, and made the decision to sell your cards, they will be insured for the estimated value we placed on your collection.

Call Kurt at 303-792-9665