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1908-1909 Baseball Postcard Rarities (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410
Attractive collection of five early-1900s baseball postcard rarities featuring both Major and minor league players, including one card that appears to be a newly discovered example. Unless otherwise noted, all of the postcards measure 3.5 x 5.5 inches. 1-2) Two 1908 PC770 postcards: Walter Clarkson and Robert Rhoads (name is misspelled "Rhoades" on the card). Published by the American League Publishing Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Each card features a full-length action photo of the player along with a portrait image. Biographical information is provided in a rectangular box at the base. The "Rhoades" card offered here appears to be a new discovery, as it is not currently listed in The Standard Catalog . Neither card has been inscribed on the reverse or mailed. The Clarkson card displays the stamped name of "Alan Jackman" on the reverse (possibly a former owner) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The "Rhoades" card displays minor handling wear in the form of a few light fingerprint impressions on the front and reverse; in Very Good to Excellent condition. 3) 1908 postcard picturing George Schirm. Although no manufacturer is listed, this card is nearly identical in design to that of the 1908 PC770 postcard set issued by the American League Publishing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and is very likely produced by that company. The card features both a full-length photo of Schirm in uniform and a portrait image. Biographical information, including his batting average in 1907, is provided at the base. Schirm, a career minor-league player, was a member of Buffalo of the Eastern League in 1908. The card has not been inscribed or mailed. A minor pencil notation and price appear on the reverse. Vg-Ex. 4) 1908 postcard picturing Joseph Garrity. Garrity is captured in uniform as a member of the Memphis Egyptians of the Southern Association. Biographical information, including a recap of his 1907 season with Scranton in the New York State league, appears to the left of his image. A lengthy black-ink inscription (as intended by the writer) appears on the front of the card on top of Garrity's image. While most would agree this is not a positive with reference to condition, it does add a tremendous amount of character. Addressed and mailed. Postmarked 1908. The card has numerous creases and on the reverse along the perimeter are affixed nine small pieces of clear tape. This is still a very appealing card and we've never seen another. In Good condition. 5) 1909 Atlanta Crackers postcard: Syd Smith, catcher. Rare sample from this large-format (4 x 6 inches) postcard series featuring Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association . Smith (first name is spelled "Sid" on the card) is pictured in a full-length pose in uniform. The postcard has no writing on the reverse and has not been mailed. The card displays a diagonal crease in the upper right corner and a light stain along the right border. In Very Good condition. This is a very unusual collection of early baseball postcard rarities. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Total: 5 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,410
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