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1919-1921 W514 Complete SGC Graded Set (124 cards)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,280.00

Complete set of 124 W514 strip cards (120 regular cards plus 4 variations), entirely graded by SGC. The set includes twenty-six Hall of Famers and seven of the eight Chicago "Black Sox," who were banned from baseball for their role in throwing the 1919 World Series. The W514 set is the largest and most widely collected of the various "strip card" issues of the era. This is the best complete set in terms of condition which could be assembled from the hoard of 1,600+ W514 cards collected over many years by our consignor (with the exception of the Ruth, Cobb, and Jackson cards, the highest grade examples of which are presented as a separate lot. Included with this set are the second-best examples of these three key cards). SGC is notoriously hard on "strip cards." Strip cards, of course, are by definition hand-cut, as intended. The ever so slightly irregular cuts characteristic to the issue, which often affect a small portion of the cutting guide lines, are the primary cause of the harsh downgrading by SGC for most cards in this set, especially those graded less than Excellent. The offered complete set of W514 is the finest we have ever seen, with virtually all cards presenting far nicer than suggested by the very respectable but also very harsh grades received. SGC Condition Report Composite: 50% range from Excellent condition to Mint condition, 50% range from Good condition to Vg-Ex condition. SGC Condition Report Detail: MINT 96 (6 cards): #7, 9, 62 Lajoie, 88, 112 Gleason, and 113 Stengel. NM/MT+ 92 (2 cards): #114 Chase and 119. NM/MT 88 (3 cards): #8, 78, and 89. NM+ 86 (2 cards): #44 and 84. NM 84 (2 cards): #12 and 35 L. Williams ("Black Sox"). EX/NM 80 (13 cards): #5, 6, 18, 20, 26, 40 Bancroft (Giants), 47 Roth (Indians), 57, 63, 64 Hooper, 72 Mathewson, 77, and 92. EX+ 70 (7 cards): #16, 19, 33, 37, 73, 74, and 79 Rice. EX 60 (27 cards): #13, 14, 24, 30, 39, 41 Griffith, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 58, 69 Faber, 76, 80, 82 Cicotte ("Black Sox"), 83, 91 Weaver, 94 W. Johnson, 96, 98, 99, 100, 104, 108, 116, and 117. VG/EX 50 (26 cards): #3 Felsch ("Black Sox"), 17 Luque, 21 Maranville (Braves), 22 Carey, 23, 27, 32, 34 Huggins, 36, 38, 42, 45, 48, 61, 70, 81, 93, 95 Crawford, 101 Sisler, 102 Speaker, 106 Jennings (Tigers), 107, 109, 111, 115, and 120. VG 40 (32 cards): #1, 4, 10, 11, 15 Joe Jackson, 21 Maranville (Pirates), 25 Collins, 28, 29, 43 Ty Cobb, 46, 47 Roth (Yankees), 52 McGraw, 55, 56 Hornsby, 59, 60, 65 Alexander, 66, 67, 71, 75 Baker, 85 Roush, 86, 87, 90, 97, 103, 105 Risberg ("Black Sox"), 106 Jennings (Giants), 110 Wheat, and 118. GOOD 30 (3 cards): #2 Babe Ruth, 40 Bancroft (Quakers), and 68. FAIR 20: #31 Gandil. Total 124 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $9,280.00


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