1933 Goudey set has stars, a missing card, and a U.S. spy

‘It’s In The Details’

Title R319 Goudey
Year 1933
Size 2 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
Images Color
Type Candy/Gum
Number in Set
240

R319 1933 Goudey Overview

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The 1933 Goudey baseball card set, designated as R319 in the American Card Catalog, is one of the handful of issues considered among the most popular pre-war card sets by collectors.

The 240-card issue is an important one for many reasons. Chief among them, perhaps, is the mysterious Nap Lajoie card. The Lajoie card, No. 106 in the set, was not included in packs. Thus, collectors purchasing the cards and trying to assemble the set had no luck. Some wrote to the Goudey Company and in 1934, received the Lajoie card. It isn’t clear why the card was not included in packs. Some have theorized that the company, in hopes of having collectors buy more packs to find the card, left it out on purpose. But whatever the reason, it is one of the most iconic cards in the hobby.

There’s more to the 1933 set than just the Lajoie, however. Part of what makes the set so special is its large amount of big names and Hall of Famers – some with more than one card. Babe Ruth, for example, has four cards in the set. Others, such as Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx (then spelled Jimmy by several manufacturers, including Goudey), Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, and Carl Hubbell, have two. Foxx’s cards are unique in that they differ only by their card number. The Ruth, Gehrig, and others with more than one card, all have different poses.

There are plenty of big names in the set. Other Hall of Famers not already mentioned include Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, Paul Waner, Lefty Gomez, Dizzy Dean, Charlie Gehringer, Joe Cronin, Eddie Collins, and a slew of others.

It isn’t all about the stars, though. One of the sets more important cards is of Moe Berg, a relative unknown as far as his playing career. Despite a long career, Berg was only an average player for the most part. The reason his card attracts so much attention is because of what he did later, serving as a U.S. spy during World War II. Another average player, Benny Bengough, has a card more sought after than commons, too, partially because it is the first one in the entire set.

The cards are nearly square in size, measuring 2 3/8″ wide x 2 7/8″ tall. Fronts include a colorful background and a color player image while backs include a biography of the player.

R319 1933 Goudey Checklist

  1. Benny Bengough
  2. Dazzy Vance
  3. Hugh Critz
  4. Heinie Schuble
  5. Babe Herman
  6. Jimmy Dykes
  7. Ted Lyons
  8. Roy Johnson
  9. Dave Harris
  10. Glenn Myatt
  11. Billy Rogell
  12. George Pipgras
  13. Lafayette Thompson
  14. Henry Johnson
  15. Vic Sorrell
  16. George Blaeholder
  17. Watty Clark
  18. Muddy Ruel
  19. Bill Dickey
  20. Bill Terry
  21. Phil Collins
  22. Pie Traynor
  23. Kiki Cuyler
  24. Horace Ford
  25. Paul Waner
  26. Chalmer Cissell
  27. George Connally
  28. Dick Bartell
  29. Jimmie Foxx
  30. Frank Hogan
  31. Tony Lazzeri
  32. Bud Clancy
  33. Ralph Kress
  34. Bob O’Farrell
  35. Al Simmons
  36. Tommy Thevenow
  37. Jimmy Wilson
  38. Fred Brickell
  39. Mark Koenig
  40. Taylor Douthit
  41. Gus Mancuso
  42. Eddie Collins
  43. Lew Fonseca
  44. Jim Bottomley
  45. Larry Benton
  46. Ethan Allen
  47. Heinie Manush
  48. Marty McManus
  49. Frankie Frisch
  50. Ed Brandt
  51. Charlie Grimm
  52. Andy Cohen
  53. Babe Ruth
  54. Ray Kremer
  55. Pat Malone
  56. Red Ruffing
  57. Earl Clark
  58. Lefty O’Doul
  59. Bing Miller
  60. Waite Hoyt
  61. Max Bishop
  62. Pepper Martin
  63. Joe Cronin
  64. Burleigh Grimes
  65. Milt Gaston
  66. George Grantham
  67. Guy Bush
  68. Horace Lisenbee
  69. Randy Moore
  70. Floyd Scott
  71. Robert Burke
  72. Owen Carroll
  73. Jesse Haines
  74. Eppa Rixey
  75. Willie Kamm
  76. Mickey Cochrane
  77. Adam Comorosky
  78. Jack Quinn
  79. Red Faber
  80. Clyde Manion
  81. Sam Jones
  82. Dib Williams
  83. Pete Jablonowski
  84. Glenn Spencer
  85. Heinie Sand
  86. Phil Todt
  87. Frank O’Rourke
  88. Russell Rollings
  89. Tris Speaker
  90. Jess Petty
  91. Tom Zachary
  92. Lou Gehrig
  93. John Welch
  94. Bill Walker
  95. Alvin Crowder
  96. Willis Hudlin
  97. Joe Morrisey
  98. Wally Berger
  99. Tony Cuccinello
  100. George Uhle
  101. Richard Coffman
  102. Travis Jackson
  103. Earle Combs
  104. Fred Marberry
  105. Bernie Friberg
  106. Nap Lajoie
  107. Heinie Manush
  108. Joe Kuhel
  109. Joe Cronin
  110. Goose Goslin
  111. Monte Weaver
  112. Fred Schulte
  113. Oswald Bluege
  114. Luke Sewell
  115. Cliff Heathcote
  116. Eddie Morgan
  117. Rabbit Maranville
  118. Val Picinich
  119. Rogers Hornsby
  120. Carl Reynolds
  121. Walter Stewart
  122. Alvin Crowder
  123. Jack Russell
  124. Earl Whitehill
  125. Bill Terry
  126. Joe Moore
  127. Mel Ott
  128. Chuck Klein
  129. Hal Schumacher
  130. Fred Fitzsimmons
  131. Fred Frankhouse
  132. Jim Elliott
  133. Fred Lindstrom
  134. Sam Rice
  135. Woody English
  136. Flint Rhem
  137. Red Lucas
  138. Herb Pennock
  139. Ben Cantwell
  140. Bump Hadley
  141. Ray Benge
  142. Paul Richards
  143. Glenn Wright
  144. Babe Ruth
  145. Rube Walberg
  146. Walter Stewart
  147. Leo Durocher
  148. Eddie Farrell
  149. Babe Ruth
  150. Ray Kolp
  151. Jake Flowers
  152. Zach Taylor
  153. Buddy Myer
  154. Jimmie Foxx
  155. Joe Judge
  156. Danny MacFayden
  157. Sam Byrd
  158. Moe Berg
  159. Oswald Bluege
  160. Lou Gehrig
  161. Al Spohrer
  162. Leo Mangum
  163. Luke Sewell
  164. Lloyd Waner
  165. Joe Sewell
  166. Sam West
  167. Jack Russell
  168. Goose Goslin
  169. Al Thomas
  170. Harry McCurdy
  171. Charlie Jamieson
  172. Billy Hargrave
  173. Roscoe Holm
  174. Warren Ogden
  175. Dan Howley
  176. John Ogden
  177. Walter French
  178. Jackie Warner
  179. Fred Leach
  180. Eddie Moore
  181. Babe Ruth
  182. Andy High
  183. Rube Walberg
  184. Charley Berry
  185. Bob Smith
  186. John Schulte
  187. Heinie Manush
  188. Rogers Hornsby
  189. Joe Cronin
  190. Fred Schulte
  191. Ben Chapman
  192. Walter Brown
  193. Lynford Lary
  194. Earl Averill
  195. Evar Swanson
  196. Leroy Mahaffey
  197. Rick Ferrell
  198. Jack Burns
  199. Tom Bridges
  200. Bill Hallahan
  201. Ernie Orsatti
  202. Gabby Hartnett
  203. Lon Warneke
  204. Riggs Stephenson
  205. Heinie Meine
  206. Gus Suhr
  207. Mel Ott
  208. Bernie James
  209. Adolfo Luque
  210. Spud Davis
  211. Hack Wilson
  212. Billy Urbanski
  213. Earl Adams
  214. John Kerr
  215. Russell Van Atta
  216. Lefty Gomez
  217. Frank Crosetti
  218. Wes Ferrell
  219. Mule Haas
  220. Lefty Grove
  221. Dale Alexander
  222. Charlie Gehringer
  223. Dizzy Dean
  224. Frank Demaree
  225. Bill Jurges
  226. Charley Root
  227. Billy Herman
  228. Tony Piet
  229. Arky Vaughan
  230. Carl Hubbell
  231. Joe Moore
  232. Lefty O’Doul
  233. Johnny Vergez
  234. Carl Hubbell
  235. Fred Fitzsimmons
  236. George Davis
  237. Gus Mancuso
  238. Hugh Critz
  239. Leroy Parmelee
  240. Hal Schumacher

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