|Foxx, Higgins, Mahaffey and Williams||Lucas, Thevenow, Traynor and Wright|
After issuing two classic baseball card sets in 1933 and 1934, Goudey came up with an odd design for its 1935 issue. Often called the "Four-in-one" set, 1935 Goudey cards feature four players from the same team on the front of each card. The "four-in-one" concept was not new; Exhibit cards had first used the format in 1929, but they were much larger cards.
The 1935 Goudey set features 36 unnumbered cards. Card fronts feature four artist's renderings of players (some of which were used in Goudey's 1933 and '34 sets) against a solid background. Near the bottom of each player's picture is his last name and team. The four players are divided by a brightly colored border (most are red, but six have a blue border instead). Unlike earlier Goudey issues, the write-up featured on the card back is gone; they are replaced by a puzzle piece.
The puzzle pieces form nine different pictures: Detroit Tigers team, Chuck Klein, Frankie Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, Joe Cronin, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, Cleveland Indians team, or Washington Senators team. The interesting thing about these puzzles is that there are more puzzle pieces (72) than cards in the set (36). As a result, all cards have several different backs. This may have been designed to entice the card buyers of 1935 to buy more, but the exact reason can only be speculated. In any case, most collectors piece together their 1935 Goudey sets based on the fronts, without paying attention to which puzzle piece appears on the back. For those chasing a "master" set, there are a total of 114 different front-and-back combinations.
Out of 144 different player pictures in the set, there are actually 138 players in the set because six (Bottomley, Brandt, Cochrane, Comorosky, Kamm and Mancuso) each appear on two different cards. The key card in this set features Brandt, Maranville, McManus and Ruth, which is significant for two reasons: not only is this card the only card featuring Babe Ruth as a Boston Brave, it also marks the final appearance of "the Bambino" in a major card set before he retired. Due to the set's design, many cards feature two or three Hall of Famers, so not many of this set's cards can be considered "commons". Due to its bright borders, this set is hard to complete in any grade, and has been overlooked by many collectors.
Note: The checklist below lists players alphabetically, and not as they appeared on the card front. This is the way these cards are listed in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, which I have used as a guideline in listing many of the sets featured on this website. The list is different from others that list players according to whom was on the top left of the card. By no means should this list be considered "definitive."
|1935 Goudey Wrapper|
(1) Sparky Adams Jim Bottomley Adam Comorosky Tony Piett (2) Ethan Allen Fred Brickell Bubber Jonnard Jimmie Wilson (3) Johnny Allen Jimmie Deshong Red Rolfe Dixie Walker (4) Luke Appling Jimmie Dykes George Earnshaw Luke Sewell (5) Earl Averill Oral Hildebrand Willie Kamm Hal Trotsky (6) Dick Bartell Hughie Critz Gus Mancuso Mel Ott (7) Ray Benge Fred Fitzsimmons Mark Koenig Tom Zachary (8) Larry Benton Ben Cantwell Flint Rhem Al Spohrer (9) Charley Berry Bobby Burke Red Kress Dazzy Vance (10) Max Bishop Bill Cissell Joe Cronin Carl Reynolds (11) George Blaeholder Dick Coffman Oscar Melillo Sammy West (12) Cy Blanton Babe Herman Tom Padden Gus Suhr (13) Zeke Bonura Mule Haas Jackie Hayes Ted Lyons (14) Jim Bottomley Adam Comorosky Willis Hudlin Glenn Myatt (15) Ed Brandt Fred Frankhouse Shanty Hogan Gene Moore (16) Ed Brandt Rabbit Maranville Marty McManus Babe Ruth (17) Tommy Bridges Mickey Cochrane Charlie Gehringer Billy Rogell (18) Jack Burns Frank Grube Rollie Hemsley Bob Weiland (19) Guy Bush Waite Hoyt Lloyd Waner Paul Waner (20) Sammy Byrd Danny MacFayden Pepper Martin Bob O'Farrell (21) Billy Campbell Ival Goodman Alex Kampouris Billy Meyers (22) Tex Carleton Dizzy Dean Frankie Frisch Ernie Orsatti (23) Watty Clark Lonny Frey Sam Leslie Joe Stripp (24) Mickey Cochrane Willie Kamm Muddy Ruel Al Simmons (25) Ed Coleman Doc Cramer Bob Johnson Johnny Marcum (26) General Crowder Goose Goslin Firpo Marberry Heinie Schuble (27) Kiki Cuyler Woody English Burleigh Grimes Chuck Klein (28) Bill Dickey Tony Lazzeri Pat Malone Red Ruffing (29) Rick Ferrell Wes Ferrell Fritz Ostermuller Bill Werber (30) Pete Fox Hank Greenberg Schoolboy Rowe Gee Walker (31) Jimmy Foxx Pinky Higgins Roy Mahaffey Dib Williams (32) Bump Hadley Lyn Lary Heinie Manush Monte Weaver (33) Mel Harder Bill Knickerbocker Lefty Stewart Joe Vosmik (34) Travis Jackson Gus Mancuso Hal Schumacher Bill Terry (35) Joe Kuhel Buddy Meyer John Stone Earl Whitehill (36) Red Lucas Tommy Thevenow Pie Traynor Glenn Wright