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Two 1884 Lawson's Base Ball Game Playing Card Sets
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Issued in 1884 by the Lawson Card Company of Boston, Massachusetts, the Lawson's playing card set features thirty-six cards with extremely striking baseball-related designs. This lot includes two extremely high-grade complete sets, each a slightly different variety. 1) Complete 36-card standard edition Lawson's set in Near Mint condition, still housed in its original thin cardboard packaging (top flap present but detached, side of box reinforced with clear tape, displays beautifully). The set is accompanied by the original 20-page instruction booklet explaining the rules of the game, which features a black and white woodcut of a batter on the cover. The backs feature a very attractive baseball scene in blue and white. 2) Complete 36-card "deluxe" edition Lawson's set in Near Mint condition. The deluxe edition is identical to the standard edition cards except that each card has beautiful gilt edges and the same very attractive baseball scene in brown and white, as opposed to blue and white. Instead of a thin cardboard box, the deluxe set is presented in a thicker brown cloth-covered cardboard box with game identification in gold lettering, and with matching interior cloth-covered sleeve. The cards are in Near Mint condition. The bottom of the exterior box is missing, and there is some wear to the gilt lettering, but it still displays as Ex. This set is also accompanied by its original 20-page instruction booklet, with the same cover design printed in a striking red. All cards in both sets are bright, crisp, and clean, having been beautifully preserved in their original boxes. Total two complete sets (72 cards). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/800. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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