1938 Goudey Baseball Cards

1938 Goudey Baseball Cards

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Although the cartoonish quality of 1938 Goudey Baseball might appear to diminish the appeal of this 1930s release, the set is highly respected in the hobby. The unique deign and quality checklist guarantees that 1938 Goudey will remain a vintage staple for years to come.

Before the collecting world had parallel cards or retro issues, there was 1938 Goudey Baseball. After putting out two undeniable classic baseball sets in 1933 and 19334, Goudey let the quality slip a bit. In 1935, they crammed four players on each card and all the color was gone the following year. In 1937, Goudey elected not to release a set at all. When it came time to produce a set in 1938, Goudey decided to take a page from the past.

1938 Goudey Baseball Wrapper Pack

Picking up the card numbering from 1933 Goudey (#241), 1938 Goudey Baseball is made up of two similar subsets, each having 24 cards. The 2-1/2" by 3" cards are officially known as R323 and are fairly scarce.

1938 Goudey Baseball card fronts feature caricatures of some of the best baseball players of the time. An artist-colored headshot image with a cartoon body drawn underneath acts as the primary feature of the card. Given that the head is so much larger than the body, the set was marketed as the "Heads Up" set and still goes by that name.

1938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 2501938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 274

While the first 24 cards show a blank background behind the player's image, the second series adds images and comments, giving them the look of a newspaper cartoon. Those last 24 cards feature the same players and the same order as the first, only with different card numbers. For all cards, the image is located in a solid-colored box that also contaings the name of the player and team.

In keeping with the back-to-basics approach, the card backs are nearly identical to the 1933 Goudey set. The main difference is that there is a line of statistics from 1937 added below the career summary. The first 24 cards mention a 288-card issue, while the last 24 indicate 312 cards in all.

1938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 250 back1938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 274 back

Since there were no cards beyond #288, Goudey apparently scrapped any plans for further series. Just like 1933, the backs are printed in green ink. Collectors should note that there have been reprints of the set over the years which showcase blue and black ink.

Ernie Lombardi's first series card (#246) features an additional black baseball in the box below his picture. When the card was printed, Goudey mistakenly named the Red Sox as his team. The baseball was placed over the team name to correctly identify him as being with the Reds. This baseball does not appear on his cartoon card (#270).

1938 Goudey Baseball Ernie Lombardi 246

Headlining the release, early cards for Hall of Fame legends Joe DiMaggio and Bob Feller appear in the set. Although neither is viewed as an official rookie card, and each player has previous card releases, both carry additional interest as key early cards for the two stars. Ten of the 24 subjects in 1938 Goudey are Hall of Fame inductees.

Top eBay Listings

1938 Big League Goudey #276 Henry Zeke Bonura
$50.00

1938 Big League Goudey #269 Frank Pytlak
$40.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #245 Frank Pytlak VG EX D19
$125.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #280 Vernon Kennedy GOOD D32
$64.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #265 Charley Gehringer VG D30
$200.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #246 C Ernie Lombardi Reds With B VG D43
$200.00

1938 Goudey Big Leauge Movie #6 Van Lingle Mungo
$64.99

1938 Goudey 244 Frank Demaree VG EX
$35.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #271 Joe Vosmik POOR D46
$50.50

1938 Goudey Ernie Lombardi #246 Card NO BLACK BALL Variety RARE!
$399.99

1938 Goudey Heads Up Baseball Gum Card Wrapper 6 Figure Variety RARE!
$599.99

1938 Goudey Heads Up Baseball Gum Card Wrapper 8 Figure Variety RARE!
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1938 Goudey Heads Up #283 Billy Werber POOR D6
$53.00

Banty Red R319 Goudey Style "1938" RUDY YORK, "Rookie", Detroit Tigers
$9.99

1938 Goudey #243 Joe Kuhel (White Sox) EX
$47.50

1938 Goudey #267 Joe Kuhel (White Sox) VG EX
$32.50
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Key Cards

Key 1938 Goudey Baseball Cards

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#250,274 Joe DiMaggio

1938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 2501938 Goudey Baseball Joe DiMaggio 274

#264,288 Bob Feller

1938 Goudey Baseball Bob Feller 2641938 Goudey Baseball Bob Feller 288

#249,273 Jimmie Foxx

1938 Goudey Baseball Jimmie Jimmy Foxx 2491938 Goudey Baseball Jimmie Jimmy Foxx 273

#253,277  Hank Greenberg

1938 Goudey Baseball Hank Greeberg 2531938 Goudey Baseball Hank Greeberg 277

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1938 Goudey Heads-Up #250 Joe DiMaggio RC New York Yankees SGC 20 F 1.5 34308
$1,000.00

1938 Goudey Heads-Up #265 - Charlie Gehringer - SGC 60 -- HoF (mikedenero)
$370.00

1938 Goudey #270 - Ernie Lombardi - SGC 84 -- Cincinnati Reds HoF (mikedenero)
$470.00

1938 Goudey #264 - Bob Feller (RC) - SGC 40 -- Indians HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$430.00

1938 Goudey Heads-Up VERNON KENNEDY #256 Detroit Tigers - SGC 88 8 - LOW POP
$499.00

1938 GOUDEY HEADS-UP #281 AL LOPEZ HOF GOOD+ SGC 35 GGR2094
$64.99

1938 GOUDEY HEADS-UP BOB FELLER SGC 50 VG EX 4 #288 ROOKIE CARD; LOOKS BETTER
$600.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #287 Marvin Owen SGC 5 D34
$165.00

1938 Goudey #265 Charlie Gehringer - Tigrs HOF SGC 4
$219.00

1938 Goudey #268 Frank Demaree - Cubs SGC 7
$224.00

1938 Goudey Heads-Up Charlie Gehringer SGC 60(5)
$175.00

1938 Goudey Heads-Up BUMP HADLEY #275 New York Yankees - SGC 60 5
$95.00

1938 Goudey #265 Charlie Gehringer - Tigers HOF SGC 6
$424.00

1938 R323 Goudey Heads-Up #281 Al Lopez SGC 40 VG 3 HOF
$94.00

1938 Goudey 257 Al Lopez SGC 84 NM
$475.00

1938 Goudey 269 Pytlak SGC 5 527414
$110.00
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Set Checklist

1938 Goudey Baseball Set Checklist

1938 Goudey Baseball Bob Feller 2641938 Goudey Baseball Jimmie Jimmy Foxx 273
Series 1
241 Charlie Gehringer
242 Ervin Fox
243 Joe Kuhel
244 Frank Demaree
245 Frank Pytlak
246 Ernie Lombardi
247 Joe Vosmick
248 Dick Bartell
249 Jimmy Foxx
250 Joe DiMaggio
251 Bump Hadley
252 Zeke Bonura
253 Hank Greenberg
254 Van Lingle Mungo
255 Julius Solters
256 Vernon Kennedy
257 Al Lopez
258 Bobby Doerr
259 Bill Werber
260 Rudy York
261 Rip Radcliff
262 Joe Ducky Medwick
263 Marvin Owen
264 Bob Feller
Series 2
265 Charlie Gehringer
266 Ervin Fox
267 Joe Kuhel
268 Frank Demaree
269 Frank Pytlak
270 Ernie Lombardi
271 Joe Vosmick
272 Dick Bartell
273 Jimmy Foxx
274 Joe DiMaggio
275 Bump Hadley
276 Zeke Bonura
277 Hank Greenberg
278 Van Lingle Mungo
279 Julius Solters
280 Vernon Kennedy
281 Al Lopez
282 Bobby Doerr
283 Bill Werber
284 Rudy York
285 Rip Radcliff
286 Joe Ducky Medwick
287 Marvin Owen
288 Bob Feller
Top eBay Listings

1938 Goudey #258 - Bobby Doerr (RC) - PSA 4.5 -- Red Sox HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$260.00

1938 Goudey #273 - Jimmie Foxx - PSA 4 -- Red Sox HoF - Jimmy Foxx (mikedenero)
$410.00

1938 Goudey #282 - Bobby Doerr (RC) - PSA 3.5 -- Boston Red Sox HoF Rookie
$180.00

1938 Goudey Baseball #288 Bob Feller Card PSA 2.5
$449.99

1938 Goudey #273 Jimmy Foxx - PSA 8 NM-MT - HOF
$3,750.00

Charlie Gehringer 1938 Goudey Card #241 Detroit Tigers Graded 3 PSA #16447212
$129.00

Ernie Lombardi 1938 Goudey Card #246 Cincinnati Reds Graded 4 PSA #16447208
$139.00

1938 GOUDEY VINTAGE BASEBALL #277 HANK GREENBERG 100% AUTHENTIC PSA
$199.00

1938 Goudey Jimmy Foxx Card #249 - PSA 7 - Rare Near Mint (NM) Card!
$1,345.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #262 Ducky Medwick PSA 2 D35
$150.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #273 Jimmie Foxx PSA 1 D36
$275.00

1938 Goudey Heads Up #247 Joe Vosmik PSA 4.5 D41
$160.00

1938 Goudey 245 Frank Pytlak PSA-3 VG
$60.00

1938 Goudey 269 Frank Pytlak PSA-4 VG EX
$65.00

1938 Goudey 276 Zeke Bonura PSA-3.5 VG+
$60.00

1938 Goudey Baseball #241 Charlie Gehringer Card PSA 5
$299.99
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