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1916 M101-5 Sporting News #176 Jim Thorpe - SGC EX/NM 80
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $14,100
Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level by SGC, with just one graded higher (SGC NM 84). This is an extraordinary and stunning high-grade example of one of the very few baseball cards ever issued of the legendary Jim Thorpe, and one of the prize cards of the era. There are very few cards of Thorpe and his 1916 M101-5 Sporting News card, with good reason, is universally recognized as one of card collecting's great classics. It is also a particularly rare card, in fact far rarer than most collectors realize. The M101-4 and M101-5 sets are very similar sets, and, with few exceptions, include the same 200 players, but most with different card numbers (thirty card numbers [#1-7, 65-71, 141-153, and 198-200] in the M101-5 and M101-4 sets have the exact same pose and exact same card number in both 200-card sets). Thorpe is one of the players that appears in only the M101-5 series. M101-5 cards are far rarer than M101-4 series cards. This is an outstanding and extremely attractive example. M101-5 cards have a glossy coated surface, which is very susceptible to creasing. This card has no creases. The front is bright and clean. The image is crisp and has perfect contrast. All four corners are sharp and square with a slight hint of wear in the upper right. The card is centered approximately 30/70 L/R. The blank back is perfectly clean with just a hint of toning and two tiny pinpoint marks on the lower portion of the card. This is a tremendous example of one of the key cards from the 1916 M101-5 Sporting News set and one of the most underrated significant cards of the era. This card is rarely offered in any condition, providing few records for accurate pricing information. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grade is only $7,000 and this is obviously not an accurate indication of value. The only other M101-5 Thorpe we have ever presented at auction, a higher-quality PSA NM-MT 8 (OC) of this card, was offered in REA's May 2008 auction and sold for a record $44,062. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $14,100
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