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1928 "Star Player Candy" Jesse Haines
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $705
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Extremely rare "Star Player Candy" card of Hall of Famer Jesse Haines from one of the few issues dating from the late 1920s. Until recently, very little was known about this unusual and rare issue, which advanced collectors have always referred to it as the "Star Player Candy set." The manufacturer is not identified on the card, but from the recent unopened box and pack find offered elsewhere in this auction, we now know this is a gum issue produced by John H. Dockman & Sons of Baltimore. The attribution of this set as "Star Candy" or "Star Player Candy" dates back at least fifty years, and was very likely the title of the set when issued by Dockmans. In the old days, collectors identified these cards as R317, but sometime during the 1980s, that catalog designation was somehow taken over by Uncle Jacks Gum. The sepia-toned cards measure 1-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches, and are printed on thin stock. The player's name is printed below the image without a team designation. Unlike the 1929 "Star Player Candy" cards (which have a short biography with the card number), the reverse of the 1928 cards are blank-backed. We are not sure how it was determined that the cards with text backs were produced in a different year than the blank-backed variety, of which seventy-three baseball players are checklisted, but it has always been clear that they are separate and distinct sets. The card pictures Haines on the field in a throwing pose. This is an extremely high-grade example for this issue, with just a hint of light, even wear to the corners, a crisp, clean image, and centered to the left (approximately 30/70 L/R). The reverse is virtually perfect. This is an exceptional Hall of Famer sample card from this very rare and unusual 1920s set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $705
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