The 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set includes 48 cards of athletes and sports legends from various sports. Of most interest to American collectors are the baseball cards (Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Carl Hubbell) and the three football cards of Red Grange, Knute Rockne, and Jim Thorpe.
The cards have a similar size/design of the popular 1933 Goudey baseball card set and are printed on a similar, if not same, thicker-style of cardstock. However, they are much more scarce than that issue and it’s clear that not nearly as many were of these were printed.
In addition to those famous athletes, the set boasts plenty of other recognizable names, including boxer Jack Dempsey, track and field star Babe Didrickson, and golf’s Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones.
Also noteworthy is that the set includes some of the few pre-war basketball cards. Three of the four basketball players included (Holman, Wachter, and Lapchick) were Hall of Famers. Finally, a few hockey players exists as well, including star Howie Morenz.
Another interesting aspect of the set is that it includes a father/son duo. Featured in the 48-card issue are cyclists Bobby Walthour, Jr. and Bobby Walthour, Sr.
The most expensive card in the set is easily that of Babe Ruth. But Jim Thorpe and Ty Cobb are also heavy hitters as well.