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1912 H813 Boston Garter Eddie Collins
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $29,625
Extraordinary 1912 Boston Garter of Eddie Collins. The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog, they are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are sixteen cards to the set (one player is represented from each team). Offered is an extraordinary example of Hall of Famer Eddie Collins. This the only example of Collins we have ever seen. It has been known to exist for decades. In fact, for those old-timers who think they have seen this card but can't remember where, we can tell you: This is the very 1912 H813 Boston Garter card of Eddie Collins that appeared on the cover of the April 1981 issue of The Trader Speaks. A copy of the issue is pictured online. (Interesting note: At the time, the Boston Garter cover piece was identified as "From the collection of John Buonaguidi," who was one of the all-time great collectors of the era, and who had many of the most significant museum-quality display pieces in the hobby.) We estimate fewer than twenty-five examples of 1912 Boston Garters are known to exist in the entire collecting world. Their great rarity is no doubt in part due to the fact that only one card was issued with each box of twelve garters. 1912 Boston Garters are unique in that each features a player in the locker room, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying his Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers on the field. On this magnificent example, Collins is sitting next to his suitcase (with "Eddie Collins Philadelphia" on the side of his case and also with "E.C. Phila." on the edge of his case) and with his Athletics uniform hanging on the wall, as he prepares to dress prior to taking the field. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball-card sets ever issued. They are also one of the rarest of all prewar sample cards. This is only the third 1912 Boston Garter we have ever offered. (REA sold an example of Christy Mathewson in 2004, and one of Bob Bescher in 2007.) The large-format card measures 4 x 8.25 inches. This example is bright and crisp, with bold colors, and light vertical creasing along the right portion of the card (that of course would earn the card a technical grade of approximately Good, and that would be far more modest than suggested by its spectacular appearance). The light creasing, as can be seen, has little or no impact on the overall beauty and appearance of the card, which is otherwise in spectacular Excellent condition. This is a far superior example in terms of appearance and condition to most other known examples. This card is free of the serious condition problems (most notably missing paper, chipping, and tearing, all almost certainly related to being very poorly separated by hand from uncut strips) associated with most known examples of cards from this set. This card would be a highlight in even the most advanced card collection in the world. It is an extraordinary card in all respects, and one of the most stunning 1912 Boston Garter examples in existence! Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $29,625
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