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1916 M101-4/5 Herpolsheimer SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (189 including 28 Hall of Famers!)

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $29,625

Collection of 189 different M101-4/5 Herpolsheimer cards (177 cards from M101-4 Series and 12 cards from M101-5 Series), highlighted by twenty-eight Hall of Famers, including Honus Wagner, Nap Lajoie, Casey Stengel, and George Sisler, plus extremely desirable key cards of "Black Sox" players (Eddie Cicotte, Hap Felsch, and Buck Weaver), and many other key and star cards. All 189 cards have been graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). The 1916 Herpolsheimer's set is very similar in design to M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News, but with advertising on the reverse for the "Herpolsheimer Co. – Boy’s Fashion Shop – Grand Rapids – Mich." These cards have a rare original-owner provenance. They were personally saved since 1916 by the grandfather of our consignor! The Dawley family originally lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the grandfather personally got these cards in 1916 directly from the Herpolsheimer Company. They were carefully stored away in virtually perfect condition, and in recent years rediscovered and prized as family keepsakes. The 1916 M101-4/5 sets are two of the most highly regarded and comprehensive baseball-card sets of the era. The sets are commonly referred to as issued by The Sporting News, but, as most collectors know, the sets were actually issued by several different companies. Cards were printed with advertising for regional issuers as well as with blank banks. All the cards in this collection have Herpolsheimer backs. This is an extraordinary collection and the only M101-4 Herpolsheimer near set we have ever seen!

Condition Composite: The set includes one NM+ 86, thirteen NM 84s, thirty-seven EX/NM 80s, twenty-two EX+ 70s, seventy-five EX 60s, twenty-five VG/EX 50s, thirteen VG 40s, two GOOD 30s, and one Authentic. The cards, as well as the grades, speak for themselves. This is an outstanding near-set, and even the lowest-graded cards have a remarkably fresh, crisp, like-new quality.

The SGC grading report is as follows: One NM+ 86: #77. Thirteen NM 84: #37, 48, 66, 71, 72 Griffith, 75, 83, 84 Hooper, 96, 108, 110, 111, and 137. Thirty-seven EX/NM 80: #27, 29, 33, 34 Collins, 43, 44, 47, 49, 67, 69, 74, 79, 81, 82, 85, 92, 97 Lajoie, 98, 103, 106, 107 Mack, 109, 113 Marquard, 119, 136, 139, 142 Rixey, 144 Robinson, 146 Roush RC, 148, 156, 157, 160, 161, 164 Sisler RC, 170, and 194. Twenty-two EX+ 70: #5, 19 J. Bush (M101-5), 22 O. Bush (M101-4), 23, 30, 32 Cicotte (Black Sox), 39, 57, 59, 73, 99, 102, 121, 127, 132, 140, 143, 155, 158, 171, 177, and 180. Seventy-five EX 60: #2, 3, 4 Alexander, 7, 8 Baker (M101-5), 9 Bancroft (M101-5), 10 (M101-5), 11 (M101-5), 13 (M101-5), 14 (M101-5), 17 (M101-5), 18 (M101-5), 21 J. Bush (M101-4), 24, 25, 26, 28 Carey, 35, 42, 46, 50, 51, 53, 54 Evers, 55 Faber, 56 Felsch (Black Sox), 58, 61, 64 Gandil (Black Sox), 65, 68, 70, 76, 80, 88, 89, 90 Jennings, 93, 94, 95, 100, 104, 114, 115, 118, 120, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 131, 133, 138, 141, 153, 159, 162 Shore, 163, 165, 166, 167, 172, 174 Tinker, 175, 176, 179, 181, 183, 184 Walsh, 185, 188 Wheat, 195 Wood, 198, and 200 (last card in set). Twenty-five VG/EX 50: #15 (M101-5), 16 Bresnahan (M101-5), 36 Comiskey, 41 Crawford, 45, 60, 63, 78, 101, 105, 112 Maranville, 116 McGraw, 117, 122, 126, 134, 135, 149, 152, 154 Schalk, 173, 182 Wagner, 189, 192, and 197. Thirteen VG 40: #6, 20 O. Bush (M101-5), 31, 52, 62, 147, 186 Weaver (Black Sox), 187, 190, 191, 193, 196, and 199. Two GOOD 30: #1 and 169 Stengel. One Authentic: #178. This is an extraordinary high-grade near set, all SGC-graded, with 148 of the 189 cards ranging from SGC EX 60 to SGC NM+ 86. The total SMR value for the individual cards (not including the one authentic card and without reference to the Herpolsheimer backs) is $15,257. Total: 189 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++.
SOLD FOR $29,625


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