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1930s R308 Tattoo Orbit and BF104 Collection (35)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $2,900.00
This collection of thirty-five cards from two different unusual 1930s issues is comprised of thirty R308 Tattoo Orbit self-developing cards and five BF104 Blankets: 1) 1933 R308 Tattoo Orbit (30 cards): This obscure set of cards was issued by Tattoo Orbit gum in 1933. The pictures on the cards "developed" when they were moistened and rubbed with a piece of blotting paper. The cards measure 1.25 x 1-7/8 inches (larger variations 2.5 x 3-7/8 inches are known with the same players and numbers). Besides baseball players, the set also included cards of movie stars and other celebrities. This collection of thirty different cards includes twelve ballplayers and eighteen other celebrities, and is accompanied by an original Tattoo Orbit album designed to house the cards. Baseball Players: #154 Simmons (HOF), 158 Bartell, 164 Kamm, 165 Whitehill, 167 Dykes, 174 Swanson, 177 Bridges, 179 Stewart, 187 Bishop, 188 Mack (HOF), 189 Bush, 193 English. Other Celebrities: Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Constance Bennett, Helen Mack, Karen Morley, Stuart Erwin, William Gargan, and 11 others (which are slightly to moderately faded) we could not identify. All eighteen other celebrities are glued (as intended) into their properly numbered box in the "First Series" album. The quality of the images varies, but all of the ballplayers have a reasonably clear picture with legible captions (with the exception of #187 Max Bishop, which has poor clarity). The cards and album are in Good condition overall. 2) 1937 BF104 Blankets (5): Little is known about these unusual 3.5-inch square felts which are similar in design to the 1914 B18 blankets. The issuer and manner in which they were distributed is a mystery. The five players pictured are in either a portrait or action pose: Hartnett (HOF), Mack (HOF), Brucker, French, Jurges. The felts have slight fraying along the edges and are in Very Good condition overall. Total 35 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $2,900.00
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