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1916 M101-4 Sporting News #168 Oscar Stanage - Incredibly Rare Standing Pose Variation!

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75

Graded VG 40 by SGC. The M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News sets are pretty straight forward. There are some incredibly rare advertising back varieties, and these are extremely popular with collectors, but there different fronts are generally considered to be of a similar rarity in their respective sets (M101-4 or M101-5 or rare-back variety). There are no rare cards or pose variations - WITH ONE NOTABLE EXCEPTION: card #168 Oscar Stanage. For some unknown reason, this card is known with two completely different poses in the M101-4 series. The normal pose shows Stanage catching a ball, but Stanage is also known in an extremely rare second pose with hands at sides. For years, collectors were uncertain if this card really existed, and this rare pose variation was not even checklisted until recent years. To confuse matters more, there is actually a third pose of Stanage in the M101-5 series featuring Stanage throwing a ball. This card is easily distinguished by the fact that Stanage is numbered #170 in the M101-5 series (as opposed to #168 in the M101-4 series). Why Stanage got this special treatment we will never know, but his hands-at-sides variation pose card is the key rarity of the entire set, and one of the truly rare cards of the entire era. This is the first example we have ever offered, and we would be surprised if it was not the best looking of the very few known examples. The card has been graded VG 40 by SGC due to a single very fine horizontal production-related crease and a similar vertical production-related crease on the right side; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The card has a blank back, and is extremely crisp and clean. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,818.75


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