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1888 to 1926 Tobacco and Assorted Baseball-Card Collection (85 cards, 44 HOFers!)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,819
Offered is an extremely diverse and interesting collection of eighty-five nineteenth- and early twentieth-century baseball cards highlighted by forty-four Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson, mostly low grade but with a few exceptions, spanning the years 1888 to 1926, with representation of nineteen different issues. This lot is a collection unto itself! We have submitted three cards to be graded by SGC. 1) 1888 "Scrapps" St. Louis Browns (1 card): O'Neill (Pr). 2) 1889 A35 Goodwin Round Album (1 page): Comiskey (HOF, Pr). 3) 1909 T204 Ramly (1 card): Chance (HOF, Pr). 4) 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel (1 card): Crawford (HOF, SGC GOOD 30). 5) 1909-1911 T206 White Border (44 cards): Condition ranges from Pr to Vg (averaging Gd). Includes Johnson and fourteen other Hall of Famers, three Southern Leaguers, and one future "Black Sox" member (Gandil). Mostly Piedmont and Sweet Caporal advertisement backs, but also includes examples of Old Mill and Sovereign. Keys: Bender/port. (HOF, Pr), two Bresnahan/port. (HOF, Vg and Gd - Sovereign back), two Bresnahan/bat (HOF, Vg and Pr), Chase/blue (Pr), Chase/black cap (Pr), Clarke/port. (HOF, Pr), Evers/Chi. (HOF, Pr), Gandil/"Black Sox" (Gd), Griffith/bat (HOF, Pr - Sovereign back), Jennings/port. (HOF, Vg), Johnson/port. (HOF, SGC POOR 10), Joss/pitching (HOF, Gd), Joss/port. (HOF, Fr), two Kelley (HOF, both Gd), Manion/southern leaguer (Gd - Old Mill back), Rockenfeld/southern leaguer (Gd), Thornton/southern leaguer (Gd - Old Mill back), and Waddell/port. (HOF, Gd). 6) 1910 S74 Silks - White (1 silk): Ewing (Vg-Ex). 7) 1910 "Orange Borders" (1 card): Crawford (HOF, Pr). 8) 1911 T205 Gold Border (10 cards): Highlighted by four Hall of Famers and five rarities: Barger/partial B (Gd), Brown (HOF, Gd - Sovereign back), J. Collins/minor leaguer (HOF, Fr - Polar Bear back), Doyle (Gd), Fisher (Gd - Polar Bear back), Johnson (HOF, SGC FAIR 20), Karger (Gd - Cycle back), Kleinow (Fr), McGraw (HOF, Fr - Cycle back), and Rowen (Gd). 9) 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders (1 card): McGinnity/McCarthy (HOF, Gd). 10) 1911 T3 Turkey Red (1 card): #35 Tinker (HOF, Pr). 11) 1914 E145 Cracker Jack (1 card): #79 Bodie (Pr). 12) 1915 E145 Cracker Jack (2 cards): #49 Miller (Pr) and 112 Sweeney (Pr). 13) 1920 W516-1 Strip Cards (11 cards): #1 Ruth (HOF, Fr-Gd), 2 Groh (Pr), 4 Schalk (HOF, Fr), two 5 Speaker (HOF, Gd and Pr), 6 Cobb (HOF, Pr), two Hornsby (HOF, Fr and Pr), 8 Johnson (HOF, Fr), 9 Alexander (HOF, Pr), and 10 Burns (Gd). 14) 1920 W516-1-2 Strip Cards (1 card): # 9 Alexander (HOF, Pr). 15) 1920 W522 Strip Cards (1 card): #48 Ruth (HOF, Pr). 16) 1921 W551 Strip Cards (1 card and 1 uncut strip): Baker (HOF, Fr) and 5-card uncut strip of Ruth/Cobb/Pipp/Speaker/Barnes (tear in the middle and several creases on the right side of the panel; Ruth and Cobb cards are clean and unaffected by the flaws). 17) 1922 E121 American Caramel Series 120 (1 card): Doak (Pr). 18) 1923 W515-1 Strip Cards (1 uncut strip): 4-card uncut strip of #2-5 Mamaux/Ruth/Bancroft/Rommell (tiny tear on the left edge, a few light creases, and the price "$45." written in pencil on the Bancroft card, the Ruth card is clean with a light crease along the dotted line). 19) 1926-1927 W512 Strip Cards (3 cards): #1 Bancroft (HOF, Vg-Ex/Ex), 6 Ruth (HOF, no left border, otherwise Vg), and 10 Vance (Vg). This is a fascinating representation of classic and unusual card issues from the nineteenth and early twentieth century including a very high concentration of Hall of Famers. Total: 85 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $3,819
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