1941 Goudey Baseball Cards

1941 Goudey Baseball Cards

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1941 Goudey Baseball marks the final product from the popular, but short-lived, vintage brand. Although the checklist is unlikely to wow many collectors, the colorful release maintains solid value in high grade.

After not releasing any new sets following 1938, Goudey reappeared in 1941 with a design that came in four different colors. As one of three national sets issued that year, 1941 Goudey Baseball seemingly chose an advantageous time to return to the hobby based on a year that saw Joe DiMaggio produce a record hitting streak, Ted Williams hit .400 and the very first Yankees-Dodgers World Series.

1941 Goudey Baseball Wrapper Pack

However, the link (or lack thereof) between the 1941 Goudey Baseball set and the year's baseball season might explain why Goudey hadn't been issuing many cards. While DiMaggio and Williams were setting records, they aren't found anywhere in the set. In fact, out of the 33 cards, only two Hall of Fame players (Carl Hubbell and Mel Ott) make an appearance. The fact that many of the remaining players are obscure names appearing on their only cards might excite some team collectors, but the general hobby has shied away from it.

The basic 1941 Goudey Baseball design can be underwhelming, with a black-and-white player photo, a Big League Gum baseball graphic, and nothing at all on the backs. However, what makes 1941 Goudey cards stand out is the brightly colored background. Each card can be found with four different colors, making for a master set of 132 cards. Yellow is the most common color, followed by blue, green and red.

1941 Goudey Baseball Carl Hubbell Yellow1941 Goudey Baseball Mel Ott Red

Many 1941 Goudey Baseball cards are found severely off-center or mis-cut, which affects value and makes high grade examples tough to locate. While some collectors have ventured to collect a master set, 1941 Goudey is considered complete at 33 cards, regardless of the background color. Cards #21-25 appear to have been short-printed, but none of the names are especially notable and Morrie Arnovich carries the most value.

Without backs to hold biographies and statistics, the player information on each card is sparse. 1941 Goudey Baseball cards only include the player's name, team, position and card number. The only exception shows up on Hugh Mulcahy's card (#1), which mentions that he was the first player to enter the U.S. Army due to the draft that began before the '41 season was underway.

1941 Goudey Baseball Norman Babe Young Green1941 Goudey Baseball Mulcahy Blue

The reference to the army on Mulcahy's card foreshadows the events of the next several years, when card production was largely halted as the United States entered World War II. This was because many of the necessary supplies for cards as well as gum were needed to support the war effort. The Goudey Gum Company was still around for a short time after the soldiers came home but never released another set of baseball cards.

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1941 Goudey #9 Bill Dietrich Chicago YELLOW
$149.99

1941 Goudey #31 Chester Ross Bees BLUE
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1941 Goudey #31 Chester Ross Bees RED
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1941 Goudey #9 Bill Dietrich Chicago YELLOW
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1941 Goudey #16 George Case Washington BLUE
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1941 GOUDEY AL TODD
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1941 GOUDEY BOB MUNCRIEF
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1941 Goudey Sky Birds #19 Swedish Bristol Bulldog Ex-MINT World War 2 Airplane
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1941 GOUDEY #28 AL TODD CHICAGO CUBS SCARCE GREEN BACKGROUND
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1941 Goudey #19 (G) Bill Posedel Boston Bees R324 Green Background VG-EX
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1941 Goudey Baseball Big League Wax Wrapper
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1941 GOUDEY #12 FRITZ OSTERMUELLER VG C9904
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1941 Goudey #21 YEL Harold Warstler Yellow POOR L20
$90.00

1941 Goudey #16 YEL George Case Yellow GOOD L17
$70.00

1941 Goudey #15 YEL Dario Lodigiani Yellow VG L11
$110.00

1941 Goudey #18 YEL Whitlow Wyatt Yellow GOOD L4
$90.00
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Key Cards

Key 1941 Goudey Baseball Cards

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#20 Carl Hubbell

1941 Goudey Baseball Carl Hubbell Yellow

#33 Mel Ott

1941 Goudey Baseball Mel Ott Red

#25 Morris Arnovich

1941 Goudey Baseball Arnovich Blue

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1941 Goudey #10 Taft Wright PSA 5 White Sox (Yellow)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 2 Browns (Yellow)
$125.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 4 Browns (Green)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 4.5 Browns (Yellow)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 5 Browns (Blue)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #14 Jack Kramer PSA 4 Browns (Yellow)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #14 Jack Kramer PSA 5 Browns (Yellow)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #15 Dario Lodigiani PSA 4 White Sox (Green)
$225.00

1941 Goudey #15 Dario Lodigiani PSA 5 White Sox (Green)
$250.00

1941 Goudey #16 George Case PSA 3 Senators (Yellow)
$175.00

1941 Goudey #16 George Case PSA 5 Senators (Blue)
$350.00

1941 Goudey #19 Bill Posedel PSA 4 Boston Bees (Blue)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #2 Harlond Clift PSA 4 Browns (Red)
$325.00

1941 Goudey #20 Carl Hubbell PSA 4 Giants HOF (Yellow)
$350.00

1941 Goudey #26 Elburt Fletcher PSA 5 Pirates (Blue)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #28 Al Todd PSA 5 Chicago Cubs (Green)
$350.00
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Set Checklist

1941 Goudey Baseball Set Checklist

Each card has four different color versions. Short Prints (SP) are noted below.
1941 Goudey Baseball Mel Ott Red

1 Hugh Mulcahy
2 Harlond Clift
3 Lou Chiozza
4 Buddy Rosar
5 George McQuillan
6 Emerson Dickman
7 Wayne Ambler
8 Bob Muncrief
9 Bill Dietrich
10 Taffy Wright
11 Don Heffner
12 Fritz Ostermueller
13 Frankie Hayes
14 Jack Kramer
15 Dario Lodigiani
16 George Case
17 Vito Tamulis
18 Whit Wyatt
19 Bill Posedel
20 Carl Hubbell
21 Rabbit Warstler SP
22 Joe Sullivan SP
23 Babe Young SP
24 Stan Andrews SP
25 Morris Arnovich SP
26 Elbie Fletcher
27 Bill Crouch
28 Al Todd
29 Debs Garms
30 Jim Tobin
31 Chet Ross
32 Slick Coffman
33 Mel Ott

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1941 Goudey #10 Taft Wright PSA 5 White Sox (Yellow)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 2 Browns (Yellow)
$125.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 4 Browns (Green)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 4.5 Browns (Yellow)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #11 Don Heffner PSA 5 Browns (Blue)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #14 Jack Kramer PSA 4 Browns (Yellow)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #14 Jack Kramer PSA 5 Browns (Yellow)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #15 Dario Lodigiani PSA 4 White Sox (Green)
$225.00

1941 Goudey #15 Dario Lodigiani PSA 5 White Sox (Green)
$250.00

1941 Goudey #16 George Case PSA 3 Senators (Yellow)
$175.00

1941 Goudey #16 George Case PSA 5 Senators (Blue)
$350.00

1941 Goudey #19 Bill Posedel PSA 4 Boston Bees (Blue)
$200.00

1941 Goudey #2 Harlond Clift PSA 4 Browns (Red)
$325.00

1941 Goudey #20 Carl Hubbell PSA 4 Giants HOF (Yellow)
$350.00

1941 Goudey #26 Elburt Fletcher PSA 5 Pirates (Blue)
$275.00

1941 Goudey #28 Al Todd PSA 5 Chicago Cubs (Green)
$350.00
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