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1916 M101-4 Herpolsheimer #168 Oscar Stanage - Incredibly Rare Standing Pose Variation!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,518
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Only "1 of 1" with a Herpolsheimer back graded by SGC with no other examples at any level graded by SGC. The M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News sets are pretty straightforward. There are some incredibly rare advertising back varieties, and these are extremely popular with collectors, but there different fronts are generally considered to be of a similar rarity in their respective sets (M101-4 or M101-5 or rare-back variety). There are no rare cards or pose variations - WITH ONE NOTABLE EXCEPTION: card #168 Oscar Stanage. Inexplicably, this card is known with two completely different poses in the M101-4 series. The normal pose shows Stanage catching a ball; in an extremely rare second pose Stanage stands with hands at his sides. For years, collectors were uncertain if this card really existed, and this rare pose variation was not even checklisted until recent years. To confuse matters more, there is actually a third pose of Stanage in the M101-5 series featuring Stanage throwing a ball. This card is easily distinguished by the fact that Stanage is numbered #170 in the M101-5 series (as opposed to #168 in the M101-4 series). Why Stanage got this special treatment we will never know, but his hands-at-sides variation pose card is the key rarity of the entire set, and one of the truly rare cards of the entire era. This is only the second example we have ever offered, and we would be surprised if it was not the best looking of the very few known examples. The card has been graded VG/EX 50 by SGC due to a very tiny chip of paper loss and black residue on the middle of the right border; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The card has a rare Herpolsheimer Company back, and is extremely crisp and clean. This was saved by the grandfather of our consignor. His family originally lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his grandfather personally got this card in 1916 directly from the Herpolsheimer Company. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $6,518
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