1938 Goudey Heads Up Set and Checklist


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Title R323 Goudey Heads Up
Year 1938
Size 2 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
Images Color
Type Candy/Gum
Number in Set

R323 1938 Goudey Heads Up Overview


The 1938 Goudey set is often referred to as the “Heads Up” set because of its design. Player images on the fronts have cartoon bodies but oversized real heads.

The set has a total of 48 cards but only 24 different players are used. That is because they were issued in two series (Series I was No. 241 through No. 264 and Series II was No. 265 through No. 288). Each player has a card with the same image used with the only difference being one card has cartoon sketches in the background while the other does not (the high numbers/second series in the set are the ones that have the drawings).

The most popular cards in the set are those of Joe DiMaggio and Bob Feller. Some collectors consider the Feller card to be a rookie issue.

The most interesting card, however, goes to Ernie Lombardi. Lombardi’s No. 246 card has three variations –  one identifying him as a member of the Reds, one with the Red Sox, and one with the Reds with a small baseball covering up the ‘Sox’. The Red Sox issue is by far the most rare. Lombardi’s No. 270 card has only one version that shows him as a member of the Reds.

R323 1938 Goudey Heads Up Checklist

Below is the full checklist for the set:

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

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