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1904 Allegheny Card Co. Jack Dunn

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $940

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Pristine sample card from the legendary 1904 Allegheny Card Company set of 1904, featuring New York Giants' 3rd baseman Jack Dunn. Dunn is credited with discovering Babe Ruth. 1904 was Dunn's last season as a Major Leaguer, after which he pitched and managed in the minors for a few seasons. In 1907, Dunn took over as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, a minor league club, and the following year he purchased the team. In 1914, his Orioles, led by newly discovered star pitcher Babe Ruth, were winning the league pennant with ease, but losing money as a business because of competition from Baltimore's new rival Federal League team. Baltimore was not a big enough town for both teams to thrive. To make his payroll, Dunn had to move the team to Richmond, Virginia, and sell his star player, Babe Ruth, to the Red Sox to survive financially. To date, the only set known to exist was sold in the Copeland sale. This set was eventually broken up and dispersed to the four corners of the collecting world. There has yet to be a single additional card from this series to ever surface. This sample, of course, originates from the Copeland set, and as is the case with all Allegheny cards, may very well be unique. The set is of special interest to collectors, not just because of its extreme rarity, but also because of its year of issue. Very few sets of baseball cards were produced during the first few years of the century. The Allegheny card set is one of the few, and offers a unique blend of players from the pre-1900 and post-1900 eras, including many players that appear in few (if any) other sets. We grade this gem Nr/Mt. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $940


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