Author’s note: This post represented a ton of work I did back in late 2018. Since that time I have learned much more about the 1933 and 1934 Goudey sets, and this prompted me to update my work and findings in a series of articles for the SABR Baseball Cards blog. The new work is more comprehensive, less speculative, and better organized. Here are the links to the series over at SABR Baseball Cards.
- Part 1 – The basic structure of the 1933 Goudey set, presented sheet by sheet with the various oddities of the numbering scheme explained. Also some speculation on the missing card number 106 that ultimately became the Nap Lajoie card.
- Part 2 – The basic structure of the 1934 Goudey set, presented sheet by sheet, including my belief that the release was essentially a “Traded/Update” set with respect to the 1933 issue.
- Part 3 – Various approaches to recovering the release schedule for the 1933 cards, resulting in some definite conclusions but also some question marks.
- Part 4 – Estimating the relative scarcity of the 1933 Goudey cards, including some possibly new information on the Jimmy Dykes error card.
- Part 5 – A comprehensive look at player selection for the 1933 Goudey set, including breakdowns by team and position.
- Part 6 – Additional clues to the 1933 Goudey set’s chronology based on player ages and other hints from the card backs.
- Part 7 – Additional clues to the 1934 Goudey set’s chronology based on player ages and other hints from the card backs.
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