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1931 W517 Strip Card Collection Including Ruth and Gehrig (27)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,997.50
Outstanding original-owner collection of twenty-seven 1931 W517 strip cards including sixteen Hall of Famers (24 different and 3 duplicates), highlighted by very sharp examples of #20 Babe Ruth and #35 Lou Gehrig. The popular W517 large-style strip card (3 x 4 inches) set consists of fifty-four different Major Leaguers. This issue was originally sold in vertical strips of three, which were intended to be hand cut by youngsters. Cards from this set are often in somewhat rough condition (miscut, creases, back damage, etc.). This group is comprised of cards far nicer than usually found for this condition-sensitive issue. All of these cards are fresh, clean, nicely cut, very impressive examples. We have downgraded some cards from Ex (or better) condition mostly due to very light creases (or in a few cases tearing) along the top or bottom border related to being separated. Because these are hand-cut cards, PSA does not always assign W517s a numerical grade, though we are not really sure why some examples have been graded numerically according to the population report and others (including the four cards in this group that we have selected to be graded and encapsulated by PSA) are encapsulated as "Authentic." It might be related to whether the card has the dotted cutting line completely undisturbed, but being issued in vertical strips of three, only one out of every three cards can be a "middle card" with dotted lines both above and below. "End cards" represent two-thirds of all W517 and therefore naturally have dotted cutting lines only on one side (top or bottom). The collection conists of: two #3 Roush (Ex-Mt and Vg-Ex), 6, two 7, 8, 9 Harris (Vg-Ex/Ex+), 11 Kelly (Ex), 13, 16 Frisch (deemed "Authentic" by PSA; we grade this card Ex-Mt), 20 Ruth ("Authentic" by PSA; we grade this card Ex-Mt - this card is a gem!), 22, two 24 Lindstrom (Ex and Vg-Ex/Ex), 29 Hafey (Gd due to small tear), 32, 35 Gehrig ("Authentic" by PSA; we grade this card Excellent - this is a great looking card!), 26 Vance ("Authentic" by PSA, we grade this card Ex-Mt), 37 Cochrane (Ex), 39 Grove (tiny surface chip of paper loss on his sleeve, otherwise Ex-Mt), 41, 44, 47 Goslin (Gd), 49, 52 Collins (Ex-Mt), 53, and 54 Cochrane (light stain on reverse otherwise Ex). The balance of the cards grade overall Excellent condition. This is a very clean, impressive, great group of cards, which includes a particularly high concentration of Hall of Famers, and very strong examples of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Total 27 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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