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Outstanding 1889 A35 Goodwin Round Album in Framed Display
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $10,665.00
Addendum: At the request of a number of bidders, REA has examined this piece out of frame. That examination has confirmed that the round album is mounted to its backing (by means of an adhesive) as originally described.
The Goodwin Round Album, as it is known in collecting circles, was available only by mail in exchange for coupons packed with Goodwin Tobacco. Presented is a remarkable Goodwin Round Album in its seldom-seen original, issued state. This extraordinary example is complete with all nine album pages featuring players, the advertising page, both the front and back covers, and the original metal clasp that holds all of the pages together. Four pages each feature a single beautiful full-color portrait (Cap Anson, “King” Kelly, John Ward, and Charles Comiskey). Five pages picture four players each, including Hall of Famers Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, John Ward, and Jim O'Rourke, in full-length poses. The reverse of each page contains player records and game schedules printed in blue. The outstanding graphics and its extreme rarity make it one of the premier nineteenth-century printed baseball items, and the most desirable of all pre-1900 tobacco-premium albums. One of the most common flaws associated with Round Album pages is moderate creasing in the area of the clasp hole, which is the result of its having been opened as a book for viewing, instead of fanned as intended. On this example, those creasing flaws are not present. The offered album has been fanned out and mounted within a framed display. While we have not examined it out of frame (it looks tremendous as is and we do not wish to potentially cause any harm to the reverse of pages by improperly removing), visible flaws include a two-inch tear along the border of the back cover (possibly repaired), a small area (approximately 1 x .5-inches) of what appears to be adhesive residue along the border of the Comiskey page and the page featuring the "mascot," and a few creases to the front cover. Otherwise, the pages display only light border wear and appear to be in overall Excellent condition. The Round Album has always been highly valued in any condition. Even back in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned a value of $10 to the Round Album, reflecting its status as one of the hobby’s most valuable items. This was back when a T206 Wagner was listed at a then incredible $50. The values of most nineteenth-century baseball tobacco issues have soared over the past ten years. It is interesting to note that the Round Album, based on criteria as varied as rarity, beauty, players represented, and how incredibly substantial it is, now represents in the opinion of many serious collectors a tremendous value compared to other nineteenth-century baseball tobacco issues. This may be in part because they are so rarely offered in near-perfect condition. When Round Albums do surface they usually have various condition problems (especially clasp-related tears); in addition, grading companies do not yet grade album pages due to their size (8 inches in diameter). This A35 Goodwin Round Album has had a place of honor on the wall of our consignor for many years. This is an outstanding and rare complete-as-issued example of one of the hobby’s premier nineteenth-century tobacco issues and one that is ready for immediate wall display. Total framed dimensions: 26 x 27 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $10,665.00
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