Lot # 19: 1933 Sport Kings Ralph Snoddy #25 PSA 8 NM-MT

Category: Goudeys

Starting Bid: $500.00

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The forerunner to today’s lightning-fast hydroplanes, Snoddy’s large engine boat the “Little Spitfire” dominated the racing circuit in the late 1920’s at home and abroad. Snoddy was clocked as the winner of the San Diego Winter Regatta in 1928 at a blazing speed of 55.43 mph. At a time when land and air speed records were falling almost as quickly as they were being set, Snoddy was the fastest man on the water. His arrival in any town or city to compete was often greeted with great fanfare, as crowds of people took their positions along shorelines just to get a glimpse of Snoddy piloting the “Little Spitfire.” Newspaper articles carried every last detail of Snoddy’s arrival and anything to do with his boat. The public was mesmerized. A 1928 article from the The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida even detailed how crews removed the “Little Spitfire” from a private freight car and immediately placed the hydroplane in the lake where races were to be held, so the watercraft could undergo extensive testing and examination before the weekend’s regatta, as Snoddy competed for a trophy and $500. This marvelous Sport Kings PSA 8 gives us a glimpse into a simpler time, with larger than life heroes who captured the imagination of America, and the world, with feats of speed and daring no one had ever before accomplished. What seems rather ordinary to us now, was at one time nothing short of extraordinary. Celebrate those moments with a glorious look back and take home this amazing image of one of history’s great boating pioneers.

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