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1909 "James J. Jeffries Championship Souvenir Playing Cards" Complete SGC-Graded Set Minus One (53/54)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $948.00
Addendum: In the printed catalog, the set is listed as missing only the Joker for completion. This is an error. The Joker is included (as pictured) and grades SGC VG/EX 50. The set is missing the Johnson/McVey. This is corrected below.
Issued in 1909 by the W. P. Jeffries Company of Los Angeles, California, the "James J. Jeffries Championship Souvenir Playing Cards" set features fifty-four cards with extremely striking images of famous boxers (Sullivan, Johnson, Corbett, Attell, Jeffries, Sharkey, Fitzsimmons, etc.) and fight scenes. The backs feature an image of heavyweight champion James Jeffries dressed in street clothes. Offered is a near-complete 53-card set (missing only Johnson/McVey for completion) in outstanding condition, entirely graded by SGC. The SGC grading composite is as follows: MINT 96 (18 cards): Attell, Barry/Kaufmann, Corbett, Eyton/Jeffries, Fitzsimmons, Fredericks/Rafferty, Header, Jeffries Open Air Arena, Jeffries Pull for the Shore, Ketchel/Jeffries/Welsh, Ketchel/Kelly, McFarland, Moran/Attell, Neil/Hyland, Papke, Papke/Ketchel, Sullivan, and Welsh/Attell. NM/MT+ 92 (3 cards): Moran/Neil, Papke/Ketchel, and Trainor/Tighe. NM/MT 88 (6 cards): Burns, Jeffries Was Feeling Good, Ketchel, Neil/Tenny, Sharkey, and Two Jims. NM 84 (9 cards): Fitzsimmons/Gardner, Jeffries/Corbett, McCormick/Ruhlin, McGovern/Corbett, Nelson/Gans, O'Briend/Fitzsimmons, Nelson/Britt, Papke/Ketchel, and Schlossberg/Alteri. EX/NM 80 (7 cards): Burns/Squires, Dempsey, McFarland/Britt, Moran, Nelson/Britt, Nelson/Gans, and Squires. EX+ 70 (1 card): Kaufmann/Sullivan. EX 60 (7 cards): Burns, Jeffries/Fitzsimmons, Jeffries/Monroe, Ketchel/Papke, Ketchel/Sullivan, Nelson, and Nelson/Gans. VG/EX 50 (1 card): Jeffries/Joker. VG 40 (1 card): Checklist. All the cards are bright, crisp, and clean. One of the premier boxing sets ever issued, the "James J. Jeffries Championship Souvenir Playing Cards" are very reminiscent of baseball's 1904-1906 Fan Craze sets, and are similarly a truly classic set of the era. This is an extraordinary high-grade set of one of the most substantial and well-produced of all early boxing-card issues. Total: 53 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $948.00
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