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.

Top eBay Listings

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #9 Ed Blood Skiing - nice
$9.50

1933 Goudey Sport Kings William Bill Tilden #16 - Pr (punch hole) -tennis- B91
$20.00

1933 Goudy Sport Kings lot 5 - Hagen, 2 Lopchick, Wachter, Walthour - Nice!
$224.99

1933 GOUDEY #8 WALTER HAGEN-GOOD GOLF-FREE USA SHIP-SPORT KINGS CHEWING GUM
$124.99

1933 Sport Kings #16 Bill Tilden Tennis VGEX J305882
$122.40

1933 Sport Kings #21 John Weissmuller Swimming G J305874
$92.65

1933 Sport Kings #16 Bill Tilden Tennis G J604821
$67.58

1933 Sport Kings #10 Anton Lekang Skiing G J626219
$13.81

1933 Sport Kings #9 Ed Blood Skiing G J626218
$13.81

1933 Sport Kings #14 Jim Londos Wrestling F J626220
$18.91

1933 Sport Kings #22 Gene Sarazen Golf G J305875
$92.65

1933 Sport Kings 11 Charlie Jewtraw EX MT
$150.00

1933 Sport Kings 39 Jack Westrope VG EX NO CREASES
$85.00

1933 Sport Kings 9 E J Blood EX MT+
$175.00

1933 Sport Kings #16 Bill Tilden Tennis G J799996
$67.58

Sportkings F Ed Wachter Original Art Card Painting 9 1933 Goudey Gary Kezele
$29.99
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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

Top eBay Listings

1933 Goudey SPORT KINGS Boxing JACK DEMPSEY #17 SGC EX 5
$295.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth SGC 40 = 3
$1,695.00

Helene Madison - 1933 Sport Kings #37 SGC 84 (7)
$325.00

William T. Tilden - 1933 Sport Kings #16 SGC 86 (7.5)
$325.00

Vincent Richards - 1933 Sport Kings #23 SGC 60 (5)
$84.95

Ellsworth Vines - 1933 Sport Kings #46 SGC 40 (3)
$54.95

Gene Tunney - 1933 Sport Kings #18 SGC 30 (2)
$64.95

J. Hubert Stevens - 1933 Sport Kings #47 SGC 40 (3)
$49.95

Anton Lekang - 1933 Sport Kings #10 SGC 30 (2)
$29.95

1933 Sport Kings #35 - Knute Rockne - SGC 45 -- Notre Dame - HoF (mikedenero)
$380.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #15 Reggie McNamara SGC 88
$600.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #28 Jimmy Doolittle SGC 88
$2,250.00

1933 Goudey Sport Kings #37 Helene Madison SGC 88
$1,000.00

1933 SPORT KINGS GUM #29 "ACE" BAILEY SGC 80 (6)
$305.00

1933 SPORT KINGS GUM #43 PRIMO CARNERA SGC 40 (3)
$85.00

1933 SPORT KINGS GUM #5 ED WACHTER SGC 60 (5) HOF
$130.00
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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

Red Grange - 1933 Sport Kings #4 PSA 2
$450.00

Duke Kahanamoku - 1933 Sport Kings #20 PSA 6.5
$775.00

Knute Rockne - 1933 Sport Kings #35 PSA 7
$1,075.00

Babe Ruth - 1933 Sport Kings #2 PSA 3
$1,750.00

James Doolittle - 1933 Sport Kings #28 PSA 6
$525.00

Carl Hubbell - 1933 Sport Kings #42 PSA 5
$590.00

Johnny Weissmuller - 1933 Sport Kings #21 PSA 5
$175.00

Jim Browning - 1933 Sport Kings #41 PSA 6
$195.00

Max Baer - 1933 Sport Kings #44 PSA 3
$124.95

Walter Hagen - 1933 Sport Kings #8 PSA 4
$199.00

Jack Dempsey - 1933 Sport Kings #17 PSA 2
$89.95

Irvin Ching Johnson - 1933 Sport Kings #30 PSA 3
$150.00

Ralph Snoddy - 1933 Sport Kings #25 PSA 6
$149.95

Leonhard Seppala - 1933 Sport Kings #48 PSA 4
$190.00

James Wedell - 1933 Sport Kings #26 PSA 4
$99.95

Irving Jaffee - 1933 Sport Kings #34 PSA 4
$74.95
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