1933 Sport Kings Baseball Cards

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Cards

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1933 Sport Kings may be mostly associated with the popular Babe Ruth card in the release, but there is so much more to the beautiful multi-sport offering. Featuring a now-classic design, the colorful and artistic set has earned a special place in the hobby.

Officially designated as R338, there are 48 cards in the 1933 Sport Kings set, but only three of them feature baseball players. As a showcase of athletes from several different fields, there are actually 18 different sports represented in the set. Many of the athletes included are legends of their craft, so the set has remained quite popular over the years. While it traditionally listed as a 1933 release, it is now believed to have been produced over both 1933 and 1934.

1933 Sport Kings wax wrapper pack

Issued by Goudey, 1933 Sport Kings came in striped wax packs with various athletic silhouettes. The 2-3/8" by 2-7/8" cards feature a color painting of the athlete against a solid background of various colors. A red "Sport King Gum" banner appears above the picture and a black strip with the player's name appears below it. Additionally, there is a small, multi-figure silhouette above the name that displays the sport each athlete plays. Goudey baseball collectors should easily recognize the circular 1933 copyright found in the corner.

The card backs are also familiar to vintage collectors, as they look almost the same as 1933 Goudey's layout. Most of the back consists of a biographical write-up, with the card number and player info found above and an advertisement for Goudey Sport Kings Gum below it.

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Babe Ruth 1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth back

Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Carl Hubbell are the only three baseball players in the set. Jim Thorpe, who also played major league baseball, is featured as a football player. Some collectors choose to simply collect the three baseball cards, while others opt to collect the full 1933 Sport Kings set.

Among the many 1933 Sport Kings non-baseball subjects are some very significant cards. Four pre-NBA pros are included, notably Hall of Fame players Nat Holman and Ed Wachter, which make them the first individual cards for basketball players. There are also four hockey players, including Howie Morenz and Ace Bailey. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne joins Thorpe and Red Grange as football subjects. Babe Didrickson is one of the best-known female athletes in history. She's featured as a track star, but played a wide range of sports. Gene Tunney, Max Baer and Jack Dempsey are all high-rated, former boxing champions.

1933 Sport Kings Golf Bobby Jones 1933 Sport Kings Football Jim Thorpe

Predating the Griffey and Howe family legacies, bicyclists Bobby Walthour Sr. and Jr. make up what may be the first father-son tandem in a card set. Golfers Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones are legendary and are key cards in the 1933 Sport Kings set. Stretching beyond the world of sports, aviator Jimmy Doolittle led an air raid on Tokyo soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and swimmer Johnny Weissmuller would become better known as Tarzan in a series of films.

While the second-half of the checklist is more scarce, the big names drive interest in 1933 Sport Kings and they are largely found in the early part of the set. The key names among the high numbers, specifically Bobby Jones, Babe Didrickson and Knute Rockne, can be more difficult.

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1933 Goudey SPORT KINGS Gum Varsity Football Game Card
$70.00

1933 Sport Kings #34 Irving Jaffee GAI 2.5!!
$79.99

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS GUM "CHARLIE" JEWTRAW G VG ICE SKATING #11 MULTI CREASES
$22.40

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS GUM "CHARLIE" JEWTRAW GOOD ICE SKATING #11 MULTI CREASES
$19.60

1933 Sport Kings Gum Reggie McNamara Bicycling Card # 15 Good Condition
$30.00

1933 Sport Kings Gum Vincent Richards Tennis Card # 23 Good Condition
$30.00

1933 Sport Kings Gum Howie Morenz Hockey Card # 24 Very Good Condition
$250.00

1933 Sport Kings Gum Jim Browning Wrestling Card # 41 Very Good Condition
$60.00

Sport Kings Goudey Gum Johnny Weissmuller Card No.21 Copyrighted 1933
$9.99

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #18 Gene Tunney (Boxing) FAIR GOOD
$29.99

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #33 Eddie Burke (Basketball) POOR
$39.99

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #43 PRIMO CARNERA BOXING CARD FAIR SET BREAK
$75.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #25 RALPH SNODDY LITTLE SPIRIT SPEEDBOAT VG EX SET BREAK
$80.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #39 JACK WESTROPE JOCKEY HORSERACING G VG SET BREAK
$50.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #31 BOBBY WALTHOUR JR. CYCLING CARD G VG SET BREAK
$50.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #22 GENE SARAZEN GOLF CHAMPION CARD POOR FAIR SET BREAK
$75.00
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Key Cards

Key 1933 Sport Kings Baseball Cards

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#2 Babe Ruth

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Babe Ruth

#1 Ty Cobb

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Ty Cobb

#3 Nat Holman

1933 Sport Kings Basketball Nat Holman

#6 Jim Thorpe

1933 Sport Kings Football Jim Thorpe

#38 Bobby Jones

1933 Sport Kings Golf Bobby Jones

#45 Babe Didrickson

1933 Sport Kings Babe Didrickson

#22 Gene Sarazen

1933 Sport Kings Golf Gene Sarazen

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1933 Sport Kings #29 Ace Bailey SGC 40 !!
$199.20

1933 Sport Kings #5 Ed Wachter *Basketball* SGC 88 NM MT Cert #1368968-004
$1,999.99

1933 Sport Kings #47 Hubert Stevens *Bob-Sled Racing* SGC 92 NM-MT+ #1368968-005
$1,999.99

1933 Sport Kings 9 Ed Blood (skiing) SGC-86 NM+
$275.00

1933 Sport Kings #35 - Knute Rockne - SGC 45 -- Notre Dame - HoF (mikedenero)
$390.00

1933 Sport Kings #38 - Bobby Jones - SGC 40 -- Golf HoF (mikedenero)
$610.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Hockey Eddie Shore #19 SGC AUTH (PWCC)
$41.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Hockey Eddie Shore #19 SGC 2 30 GD (PWCC)
$37.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Hockey Ace Bailey #29 SGC 3 40 VG (PWCC)
$81.56

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #36 WILLIE HOPPE BILLIARDS CARD SGC 50 VG EX 4 SET BREAK
$150.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #16 BILL TILDEN TENNIS CARD SGC 55 VG EX+ 4.5 SET BREAK
$225.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #46 ELLSWORTH VINES TENNIS CARD SGC 30 GOOD 2 SET BREAK
$75.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #42 Carl Hubbell - SGC-86
$1,500.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #12 Bobby McLean SGC 3 M34
$93.50

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #19 Eddie Shore SGC 2 M55
$220.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #23 Vincent Richards SGC 84
$225.00
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Set Checklist

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Set Checklist

1933 Sport Kings Baseball Babe Ruth
1 Ty Cobb - Baseball
2 Babe Ruth - Baseball
3 Nat Holman - Basketball
4 Red Grange - Football
5 Ed Wachter - Basketball
6 Jim Thorpe - Football
7 Bobby Walthour - Bicycling
8 Walter Hagen - Golf
9 E.J. Blood - Skiing
10 Anton Lekang - Skiing
11 Charles Jewtraw - Ice Skating
12 Bob McLean - Ice Skating
13 Laverne Fator - Jockey
14 Jim Londos - Wrestling
15 Reggie McNamara - Bicycling
16 William Tilden - Tennis
17 Jack Dempsey - Boxing
18 Gene Tunney - Boxing
19 Eddie Shore - Hockey
20 Duke Kahanamoku - Swimming
21 Johnny Weissmuller - Swimming
22 Gene Sarazen - Golf
23 Vincent Richards - Tennis
24 Howard Morenz - Hockey
25 Ralph Snoddy - Speedboating
26 James Wedell - Aviation
27 Roscoe Turner - Aviation
28 James Doolittle - Aviation
29 Irvin Bailey - Hockey
30 Irvin Johnson - Hockey
31 Bobby Walthour Jr. - Cycling
32 Joseph Lopchick - Basketball
33 Eddie Burke - Basketball
34 Irving Jaffee - Ice Skating
35 Knute Rockne - Football
36 Willie Hoppe - Billiards
37 Helene Madison - Swimming
38 Bobby Jones - Golf
39 Jack Westrope - Jockey
40 Ed Don George - Wrestling
41 Jim Browning - Wrestling
42 Carl Hubbell - Baseball
43 Primo Carnera - Boxing
44 Max Baer - Boxing
45 Babe Didrickson - Track
46 Ellsworth Vines - Tennis
47 J. Hubert Stevens - Bob-Sled Racing
48 Leonhard Seppala - Dog-Sled Racing
Top eBay Listings

1933 Goudey SPORT KINGS Boxing JACK DEMPSEY #17 PSA 4 HOF!!
$199.95

1933 SPORT KINGS #22 GENE SARAZEN PSA EX 5 GOLF
$234.95

1933 Sport Kings 45 Babe Didrickson Trck PSA 4 (8785)
$805.00

1933 Sport Kings 17 Jack Dempsey Boxing PSA 4 (7524)
$430.00

1933 Sport Kings JOHNNY WEISSMULLER #21 Swimming PSA 2 GOOD
$59.00

1933 Sport Kings #13 Laverne Fator *Jockey* PSA 7 NM Cert #23748360
$499.99

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #35 Knute Rockne PSA 5 Y1502
$920.00

1933 Sport Kings 21 Johnny Weissmuller Swm PSA 2.5 (4724)
$155.00

1933 SPORT KINGS #17 JACK DEMPSEY BOXING PSA 1 (3086)
$79.99

1933 Sport Kings #39 - Jack Westrope - PSA 5.5 -- Jockey - Horse Racing HoF
$180.00

1933 Sport Kings #35 - Knute Rockne - PSA 5 -- Notre Dame - HoF (mikedenero)
$660.00

1933 Sport Kings #4 - Red Grange (RC) - PSA 4 -- Bears HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$920.00

1933 Sport Kings #24 - Howie Morenz - PSA 4.5 -- Canadiens HoF (mikedenero)
$400.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #40 ED DON GEORGE WRESTLING CARD PSA 4 VG EX SET BREAK
$150.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #26 JAMES WEDELL AVIATION CARD PSA VG 3 MK SET BREAK
$60.00

1933 GOUDEY SPORT KINGS #21 JOHNNY WEISSMULLER SWIMMER CARD PSA GOOD 2 SET BREAK
$50.00
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