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1911 M116 Sporting Life George McQuillan, Cincinnati - Extreme Rarity!
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,370.00
Graded EX/NM+ 82 by SGC. The M116 Sporting Life "George McQuillan with Cincinnati" variation is one of the two ultra rare team variations in the M116 set which appear on virtually every M116 want list and since 1911 have kept almost all collectors from ever completing their sets. Literally many times rarer than the T206 Wagner, in all our years we can only recall offering one other example (an SGC EX+ McQuillan with Cincinnati appeared in REA's May 2007 auction as Lot 279, selling for $3,818). George McQuillan was with the Philadelphia Nationals in 1910 and his M116 Sporting Life card normally features him with that team designation. The Sporting Life set was printed over two seasons (1910 and 1911). When McQuillan was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for the 1911 season, Sporting Life changed the team designation on his card, but the print run for the team-change card was obviously extremely low. Literally only a few examples are known. One other card in the M116 set, McConnell (Chicago variation), shares this same degree of extreme rarity due to a similar team-change in the M116 set. Crisp and clean with just a slight hint of corner wear on the front. The back, which features the rare "Over 300 Subjects" style reverse, is bold and clean with only a tiny stain visible near the top border. This is the highest SGC-graded example of one of the great rarities of the M116 Sporting Life set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,370.00
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