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1888 E223 G & B Gum Flint (Chicago)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,818.75
Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Very attractive G & B example which has been downgraded due to scrapbook paper and glue residue on the reverse from long-ago being mounted in an album, and is otherwise in Very Good condition. Their small size (1 x 2.25 inches) and the fact that G & Bs were issued with gum as opposed to tobacco make this set one of the most distinctive of all pre-1900 baseball-card issues. G & Bs are also one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century issues and one of the most sought-after of all nineteenth-century sample cards. Offered is a G & B of Chicago Nationals catcher Frank "Silver" Flint. This is a photographic portrait variety, which is the most desirable type in the eyes of most collectors (G & Bs were also issued featuring woodcut “line drawing” illustrations). Few cards have the mystique of G & Bs, which are universally revered by the most serious and advanced collectors. The front has a single horizontal crease, and the back has remnants of scrapbook paper (which is not uncommon to find on cards from this era) from long ago being glued into an album. This is a tremendous recently discovered and never-before-offered mid-grade example from this highly regarded and unusual set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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