Released in late 1933, Goudey’s Sport Kings set gave kids of every age an exciting opportunity to own a piece of their heroes in the form of a tiny, displayable, palm-sized work of art. While not the success of the Big League Gum issue, Sport Kings found a market and provided Americans with an inexpensive outlet that helped them celebrate the bigger than life heroes who captured the imaginations of everyday people.
Just like the Big League Gum issue, most of the Sport Kings cards that have survived into today’s world were well loved, well handled, and show their age and life scars proudly. However, small numbers of high grade Sport Kings survived. And we have 24 of them in high grade NM-MT 8 condition in this auction.
These cards boast clean lines, dazzling colors, and the images of the greats who changed lives for our parents, great-grandparents and beyond. So, look through the names, read the stories, and take home a hero, be it for conversation value or to add value to an investment portfolio.In his autobiography, The Walter Hagen Story, the golfing great stated, “I never wanted to be a millionaire, I just wanted to live like one”. And that he certainly did. The Encyclopedia Britannica perhaps described Hagen best, by saying Walter Hagen was “one of the most colourful sports personages of his time, who is credited with doing more than any other golfer to raise the social standing of his profession. He was exceptionally self-confident. He dressed stylishly, lived extravagantly, played more than 2,500 exhibition matches throughout the world, and always insisted that he be received as a gentleman, a concession rarely accorded to earlier professional golfers.
Hagen dominated golf in the 20’s capturing the British Open title four times and the PGA five times during the decade. His PSA 8 NM-MT Sport Kings featured here simply glows as if it was pulled from a new pack of cards yesterday. It is, without question, the best example of the card we have ever brought to market