Click Here to Return To Main HOF Portrait Page
NOTE: Item below is NOT FOR SALE - please click here to view available inventory
Lefty Gomez
(b. November 26, 1908 - d. February 17, 1989)
Lefty Gomez's sense of humor was matched only by his skill on the mound. A 20-game winner four times for the Yankees of the 1930s, Gomez went undefeated in six World Series decisions. He led the AL in Ks three times and in ERA twice. His secret to success? Quipped Lefty, "Clean living and a fast outfield." "Goofy" was 189-102 with a 3.34 ERA in his career.
Inducted in 1972
1936 R313 National Chicle "Fine Pens" Lefty Gomez PSA 6 EX-MT
Click Image to Zoom
Click Image to Zoom

Comments: I have several hundred eBay searches that I go through on a weekly basis. Over the past few years, since 2011, it's been tougher for them to produce an upgrade I need. Well, that's not the case with Gomez. I remember being surprised when this PSA 6 showed up . Before, I discuss that purchase I need to provide a little more history. I started this player off with a 1941 Playball issue, a SGC 40 example, purchased on eBay in March, 2003. I remember switching it out with a 1936 Goudey example because I liked the image a lot more - first a PSA 5 and later a gorgeous PSA 8. In October, 2005 I purchased a raw example of a 1936 National Chicle and followed it up with a PSA 3 purchased at the 2006 National in Anaheim, California from Joe Yanello (Joe's Vintage Sports). This was the issue for Gomez; loved his grin in the photo. In August, 2007 I purchased a PSA 5 - the highest graded example at the time. Then, in June, 2012 I was shocked when one of my eBay searched turned up this PSA 6 upgrade which I subsequently won from seller americanrarecoinstore. It was new to the population report, just graded, and the best example in the hobby ………so far.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1936
ACC Set Designation: R313
Set Name: National Chicle "Fine Pens"
Country: United States
Description: Issued in 1936 by the National Chicle Company, this set consists of 120 cards, measuring 3-1/4" X 5-3/8". The black-and-white cards are blank-backed and unnumbered. Although issued by National Chicle, the name of the company does not appear on the cards. The set includes individual player portraits with facsimilie autographs, multi-player cards and action photos. The cards, known in the hobby as "Fine Pen" because of the thin style of writing used for the facsimilie autographs, were originally available as an in-store premium.