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1902 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet Jake Beckley
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $5,628.75
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Exceptional high-grade example of Hall of Famer Jake Beckley in uniform from the W600 Sporting Life cabinet-card set, issued in 1902. W600 Sporting Life cabinet cards were available only by mail. They are universally recognized as among the most substantial and highest-quality baseball-card sets ever issued. Two variations of Beckley (both in uniform) were issued in W600: one with a Cincinnati team designation (1902) and one with a St. Louis team designation (1904). The offered example is the earlier "Cincinnati" variation. Beckley, known during his playing days as “Eagle Eye,” was one of many players whose career bridged two centuries. He began his Major League career in 1888 as a member of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys and ended it twenty years later, in 1907, with the St. Louis Cardinals. During that span, he batted over .300 on thirteen separate occasions and finished his career with a .308 lifetime average. He also holds the record for games played at first base (2,377) and for putouts by a first baseman (23,709). It is rare to find any W600 in such high grade, let alone Jake Beckley, who happens to be particularly rare in the W600 set. This card has just the slightest hint of corner wear and a few slight hints of light soiling on the right border of little or no consequence. No creases. The reverse is perfectly clean with only a small chip on the bottom edge (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). This is an exceptionally attractive ultra high-grade example of one of the best and rarest of all Jake Beckley cards, and one that would be a very significant addition to any serious W600, Hall of Fame, or prewar card collection. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++. SOLD FOR $5,628.75
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