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1909-1911 T206 White Border "Gamblers" PSA-Graded Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,528
Collection of four Hal Chase poses (of the five in the set) and two "Black Sox" members (Cicotte and Gandil) from the classic T206 White Border series, each graded and encapsulated by PSA. Chase, Cicotte, and Gandil were, in fact, major stars of the day, but their involvement with gambling and with unsavory characters undermined their legend, and ensured that they would forever remain "non-Hall of Famers." 1) Hal Chase Holding trophy pose (Sweet Caporal) graded EX 5. Bright and crisp, with vibrant colors, flawless registration, a little corner wear, and centered approximately 60/40 left to right. 2) Hal Chase Blue background portrait (Sweet Caporal) graded EX 5. Perfectly clean both front and back, with a bold blue background, a crisp image, light wear on the corners (predominately the lower right), and centered to the top left. 3) Hal Chase Pink background portrait (Sweet Caporal) graded VG-EX 4. Perfectly centered, with even wear on the corners, no creases, and perfectly clean reverse. 4) Hal Chase White cap pose (Piedmont) graded EX-MT 6. Centered to the top, with a hint of wear on the corners, brilliant colors, and virtually flawless registration. 5) Ed Cicotte (Piedmont) graded EX-MT 6. Future "Black Sox." Well centered, with a hint of wear on the corners (predominately the lower right), and a perfectly clean reverse. 6) Chick Gandil (Sweet Caporal) graded VG-EX 4. Future "Black Sox." Centered to the left, with bold colors, no creases, and four square corners. This is a very attractive medium- to high-grade collection of classic tobacco cards, featuring four Hal Chase cards and two "Black Sox" members in the T206 set. This is a very sharp-looking group of cards of significant players who were great, but will forever be remembered for gambling-related scandals that years later led to their banishment from the game. The SMR value for the assigned grades is $1,305. Total 6 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,528
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