1938 Goudey “Heads Up” Joe DiMaggio (PSA 4)There isn’t a person that doesn’t understand the significance of Joseph Paul DiMaggio’s place in American history. “Joltin Joe” was a super hero with icon status only matched by the immortal Babe Ruth. His 56 game hitting streak in 1941 just may be baseball’s greatest record, such to the point that a song was written about Joe that year (“Joltin Joe DiMaggio, we want you on our side….”) personifying everything he meant to the game. Whether it is his hitting streak, MVPs, World Championships or marriage to the legendary Marilyn Monroe, “Joe D” has always and will forever be not only a baseball Hall of Fame immortal but, more significantly, the true embodiment of a National Hero! This is why his earlier issued baseball cards are highly coveted by elite enthusiasts, with virtually none more popular than his classic 1938 Goudey “Head’s Up” #274 version including the small printing text affixed to the obverse side background. Presented here is an outstanding PSA 4 example of this highly coveted Goudey DiMaggio that has significantly escalated in value over the past 12 months. The classic DiMaggio image portrays magnificent contrast with superior blue, red and yellow coloring, set against a relatively clean background. The ultra-desirable DiMaggio black text comments and cartoon drawings encompassing the Yankee Clipper’s caricature pose are completely vivid, and the “JOE DIMAGGIO, Yankees” bold black print along the lower border depicts superior registration. Even corner wear is consistent with an “EX” example, and only a faint horizontal scratch across DiMaggio’s cap prevents a higher grade. The verso includes bold green verbiage, affixed to a relatively clean surface; the final compliment to a splendid VG/EX specimen. To reiterate, we cannot over emphasize the significance of “Joltin Joe’s” place not only in baseball history but as a true American icon, with his representation on this superb 1938 Goudey “Heads Up” example meriting it the utmost attention from any sophisticated enthusiast!