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1933 R300 George C. Miller PSA-Graded Complete Set (32)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,332.50

Presented is a complete set of one of the 1930s' rarest issues: R300 George C. Miller cards. In addition to being one of the most beautiful and distinctive rare sets ever produced, the thirty-two cards in the George C. Miller set feature a remarkable nineteen Hall of Famers, including Jimmy Foxx, Dizzy Dean, Mel Ott, and sixteen others. Assembling a set of George C. Millers is one of the all-time great collecting achievements in 1930s baseball-card collecting. This is only the third set we have ever offered. Among 1930s gum- and candy-card issues, few are accorded more respect than the 32-card set issued by the George C. Miller Company of Boston. Their striking colors, artistically unique design, and rarity compared to other 1930s sets make R300s one of the most fascinating, distinctive, and difficult-to-complete of all sets from the 1930s. Each card in this set has been graded and encapsulated by PSA. Several of the cards in this set display far better than suggested by their technically accurate grades but have been downgraded due to tiny pinholes or patterned cancelation punch marks (executed by The George C. Miller Company). A set like this does not just happen to come together by chance, especially a set of R300s. This set was assembled by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years. PSA grading composite: One VG 3: Gehringer (HOF). Six GOOD 2: Alexander (HOF), Bartell, Bottomley (HOF), Cronin (HOF), Grimm, and Simmons (HOF, MK). Twenty-three POOR 1: Averill (HOF, punch canceled), Berger (punch canceled), Dean (HOF, punch canceled), Dickey (HOF, punch canceled), Dykes, Ferrell (HOF, punch canceled), Foxx (HOF, punch canceled), Frisch (HOF), Goslin (HOF), Grove (HOF), Hafey (HOF), Hayworth, Klein (HOF), Maranville (HOF), Mellilo, O'Doul (punch canceled), Ott (HOF), Reynolds (punch canceled), Ruffing (HOF), Stripp, Terry (HOF), L. Waner (HOF), and Warneke. Two Authentic: Andrews (cut canceled, otherwise Fr) and P. Waner (HOF). Andrews was intentionally issued in very limited numbers so that the George C. Miller Company would not have to give out too many valuable prizes in exchange for complete sets, as detailed in the redemption offer on the back of each card. Only two or three uncanceled Andrews cards are known to exist. In the 1980s, a small find of R300 Andrews cards surfaced that had all been redeemed. All of these cards were canceled by having the lower third of the card cut away, so that the same card could not be used a second time to redeem another valuable prize. (When submitted to George C. Miller for prizes, R300s were also canceled by means of a patterned punch mark, and we have seen cards noted as canceled by ink stamps as well.) The Andrews card in this set is one of the ten or fifteen examples from the find. REA sold the finest R300 set ever assembled (the #1 PSA Registry set from The Charlie Conlon Collection, with an average grade of 5.20) for a remarkable $246,750 in 2009. The offered set presents a very rare opportunity to acquire an R300 set that, while lower in grade, will also be far more than $200,000 cheaper! The R300 George C. Miller set is universally recognized as one of the most significant of all prewar baseball-card issues. Very few complete sets exist, and the assembly of a set in any condition is an extraordinary collecting achievement. This is a very presentable, technically low-grade set of one of the most important and rarely offered of all 1930s card sets. Total: 32 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++.
SOLD FOR $5,332.50


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