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1912 H813 Boston Garter Bob Bescher

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $35,250.00

Graded VG 40 by SGC. The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog , they are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are sixteen cards to the set (one player is represented from each team). Offered is an extraordinary example of Cincinnati's outfielder Bob Bescher. In 1912, Bescher led the league in runs scored (120) and stolen bases (67). We estimate fewer than twenty-five examples of 1912 Boston Garters are known to exist in the entire collecting world. Their great rarity is no doubt in part due to the fact that only one card was issued with each box of twelve garters. 1912 Boston Garters are unique in that each features a player in the locker room, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying his Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers warming up. On this magnificent example, Bescher is standing next to his suitcase (with "R. Bescher Cincinnati" on the case) and with his Cincinnati uniform hanging on the wall, as he prepares to dress prior to taking the field. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball card sets ever issued. They are also one of the rarest of all prewar sample cards. The large-format card measures 4 x 8.25 inches. This example is bright and crisp, with bold colors, and just a hint of very minor light staining in the upper and lower left corners. At least some 1912 Boston Garters were made available in accordian-style strips, as is evidenced by the confirmed existence of one accordian-style uncut strip of four, and the appearance, upon close inspection, of the edges of many other known individual examples. It is our opinion that this card was long ago once a part of a strip. A very light surface crease in the lower right corner is visible upon close inspection only from the reverse. This is a superior example in terms of condition to most other known examples. This card is free of the serious condition problems (most notably missing paper, chipping, and tearing, all almost certainly related to being very poorly separated by hand from uncut strips) associated with most known examples of cards from this set. This is an outstanding example. Technically in Very Good condition. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $35,250.00


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