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1888 Y96 President Diecuts PSA-Graded (4)

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00

Collection of four rare and extremely high-grade 1888 Y96 "Scrapps" Presidents (diecuts), each graded and encapsulated by PSA. Collectors are very familiar with the 1888 “Scrapps” Baseball Players (catalogued Y95), but other subjects were also issued, including a set of presidents. This is an incredibly high grade group of these nineteenth-century nonsport cards. Consists of the following: George Washington PSA NM-MT 8, Abraham Lincoln PSA NM 7, Ulysses S. Grant PSA EX 5, and James Garfield PSA VG-EX 4. These "Scrapps" diecuts are very well known for having condition problems, especially from glue. This is an remarkable group in terms of condition. The PSA grades are impressive but really they all look Mint! The reason "Scrapps" die-cuts are so rarely found in high grade is due to their intended use. In the old days, before there was television, assembling a scrapbook of images in an album for the living room was a popular pastime. These "Scrapps," as collectors often refer to them, were intended to be mounted into these scrapbook. This involved gluing them down. That's how most were saved, and this process has left most surviving examples in low grade. These particular examples are an exception. It would be hard to imagine a finer or higher-grade example of any of these four presidential series portrait cards. This is a rare set, also. The slightly smaller Y95 baseball series Scrapps are among the most unusual and displayable of all nineteenth-century sport issues, but the Presidents, which are a part of the same series, are at least as rare. Total 4 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,175.00

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