Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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The period of 1933-34 saw the birth of bubblegum cards.  During that period, some of the most popular and classic gum card issues were released, including widely collected sets like the R319 and R320 Goudey sets, the R318 Batter Up cards, and R305 Tattoo Orbits.  That period also birthed some incredibly scarce issues, few more so than the 1934 R304 Demaree Die Cuts.  Featuring a checklist consisting of 168 players and umpires, these oversized die-cut cards featured cartoon bodies drawn by former pitcher Al Demaree, with photographic portraits of each player or umpire inset into the cartoon.  The cards were intended to be folded to create a stand-up figure as part of some sort of baseball game.

While a complete checklist may never appear, much more is known about this set thanks to a large find of 109 cards that surfaced in 2009, including 87 single cards (and 30 that had not been previously known).  Despite the size of the find, that barely had an impact on the scarcity of these cards, as the 109 cards, all of which were graded by PSA, merely doubled the graded population of Demaree Die Cuts.  Today, fewer than 275 graded examples exist, including only 3 of Cubs shortstop Woody English, represented in this VG-graded example.

An incredibly scarce card from a set that has yet to have all its subjects discovered, a rarity in a hobby such as ours, where collectors search high and low to ferret out the most rare and interesting card types.

Population Data
PSA Population: 3 total graded, 1 at this level, 2 higher
SGC Population: 0 graded
1934 R304 Demaree Die-Cut #156 Woody English - PSA VG 31934 R304 Demaree Die-Cut #156 Woody English - PSA VG 3
1934 R304 Demaree Die-Cut #156 Woody English - PSA VG 3
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Minimum Bid: $50
Final prices include buyers premium.: $165
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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