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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet George Davis
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Beautiful example of Hall of Famer George Davis from the N142 Duke cabinet set. (Note: Do not be fooled by the SGC grade on this card! This is a magnificent card downgraded almost exclusively due to a few light ink stamps; it is otherwise in far higher grade!) Duke cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors. Even in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned them a value of $5 each, making them the highest-priced baseball-card issue in the entire American Card Catalog . Duke cabinet cards, which advertise Duke's Honest Tobacco brand in the lower left, are among the most impressive and desirable of all pre-1900 issues. They are one of the few full-color pre-1900 issues, and the only full-color pre-1900 cabinet-card issue. In addition, they were issued in an era (mid-1890s) in which there were very few baseball-card sets, making this issue all the more significant to card collectors. There are only four ballplayers in this set. Presented is a magnificent example from this legendary set: Hall of Famer George Davis. Davis was one of the premier shortstops of his day, and at the time this card was issued he was a member of the New York Giants. The card has two light ink stamps along the top (original owner's name, "Earl Correll"), and minor wear to the edges and corners. The back has some natural toning, three ink stamps (again, the original owner's name, "Earl Correll"), the date "1890" neatly written in the upper left corner, and a couple surface creases near the bottom right corner (only visible from the back). There is also a hint of very light surface flaking in the upper portion of the blank reverse (where two small pieces of tape appear to have been removed). Despite these minor faults, this is a very impressive looking card which has an otherwise overall Vg-Ex appearance. It is a very attractive Hall of Famer example from one of card collecting's scarcest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet-card issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,231
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