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1933 R300 George C. Miller Uncut Sheet of 16 Cards - Only Example Known!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $22,325

Uncut sheet of 1933 R300 George C. Miller Company baseball cards. This is one of the best uncut sheets in existence and one baseball-card collecting's greatest treasures. George C. Millers are one of card collecting's most distinctive and beautiful card issues, as well as one of the 1930s rarest and most highly respected sets. In addition to their great rarity and the fact that the set includes so many great stars of the early 1930s, each card is a work of art. The great beauty of these cards naturally makes an uncut sheet all the more extraordinary for display. This is the only uncut sheet of 1933 R300 George C. Miller cards in existence. The sheet is blank-backed and therefore might technically be referred to as a proof sheet. It obviously originated long ago from someone who worked for the George C. Miller Company or the printing company that produced the set. The R300 sheet has been one of the cornerstone items of the Charlie Conlon collection for decades. All 1930s uncut sheets are highly prized by collectors, but the R300 sheet is one of those rarities that, ever since its existence first became well known over twenty-five years ago, even the idea of it has amazed and astounded the most advanced collectors. Goudey sheets are rare enough. A George C. Miller sheet is a "dream item," a dream that actually exists. This remarkable sheet has been hidden away for decades. In the early 1980s the sheet changed hands privately several times, but has been out of sight, in Charlie Conlon's collection, for the past twenty-five years. This is the first time it has ever been offered publicly, and in fact to the best of our knowledge this is also the first time an image of the sheet has ever even published. The sheet includes sixteen cards, representing exactly half of the thirty-two cards comprising the George C. Miller set. These are the sixteen players on the sheet: Hafey (HOF), Dykes, Cronin (HOF), Warneke, Foxx (HOF), Grove (HOF), P. Waner (HOF), Alexander, Dean (HOF), Stripp, Klein (HOF), Grimm, Bartell, Melillo, Reynolds, and Ruffing (HOF). The sheet is bright, crisp, and with magnificent colors. Minor imperfections, visible only upon extremely close examination, include a very light surface crease on Bartell, a hint of evidence of a pencil notation erased on Warneke (barely detectable), and a couple surface creases on Ruffing. A heavy horizontal crease (more noticeable on the reverse) that runs through the center of the sheet, from the left to right edge, is present but is not immediately apparent. These minor flaws have been noted for the sake of accuracy but have no impact on display value. The sheet has an extraordinary overall Excellent appearance. In fact, from a few feet away framed on the wall it looks Near Mint! This is an amazing sheet, one which has always been a favorite of ours, even more than twenty years ago when we first saw it. R300 George C. Miller is one of the few issues of the 1930s which is rare and has always had a mystique. This is a standout sheet of the era and, in our opinion, one of the most spectacular, exciting, and unique uncut sheets in the entire collecting world. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $22,325

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