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1911 M116 Sporting Life Blue Background Near-Complete Set (19/24)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,225
This extremely attractive near-complete set of 1911 Sporting Life Blue Background cards consists of nineteen different of the twenty-four cards in the set, mostly ranging from Vg-Ex to Excellent condition. M116 Sporting Life cards were issued in subsets of 24 cards per series. The most distinctive (actually the only distinctive) 24-card subset of this classic issue is also the series which includes most of the greatest stars of the set. The prized Blue Background series is by far the most desirable M116 series of 24 cards. These 24 cards were actually issued with both blue backgrounds and white backgrounds. The blue background cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style, as well as for the unparalleled concentration of quality players included. Being the first 24 cards issued, it is obvious that Sporting Life wanted to introduce the M116 set with a series including many of the greatest stars of the day. The nineteen cards in this lot include seven of the eleven Hall of Famers in the Blue Background series including Wagner and Mathewson. Sixteen of the nineteen cards have been graded by SGC (all submitted by REA). The nineteen “Blue Background” cards in the collection are as follows: Bresnahan (Vg), Brown (VG/EX 50), Chase (EX 60), Crawford (VG/EX 50), Davis (Gd), Donovan (EX 60), Dooin (EX 60), Doyle (Vg-Ex), Gibson (VG/EX 50), Jennings (EX/NM 80), Jones (VG/EX 50), Jordan (VG/EX 50), Lajoie (VG 3), Leach (EX 60), Lord (EX 60), Mathewson (FAIR 20, gorgeous Vg-Ex card downgraded by SGC due to paper loss in the center of the reverse), McQuillan (VG/EX 50), Thomas (NM 84), and Wagner (VG/EX 50). The collection of nineteen Blue Background cards is missing only the following five cards for completion of the series: Bender, Chance, Cobb, Collins, and Tenney. M116 Sporting Life is one of the most significant and highly collectible issues of the 1910 era. Though traditionally valued similarly to tobacco cards of the era, they are considerably scarcer than their tobacco-card counterparts (such as T205 and T206). The distinctive style of the Blue Background cards, and inclusion of so many major stars, makes this series of great interest not just to M116 set collectors, but to collectors who are not interested in tackling the entire set, but have interest in a representation of the M116 set. This is a very impressive-looking group with most cards having an appearance superior to their technically accurate assigned grades. Total 19 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $8,225
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