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1884 Lawson's Base Ball Game Playing-Card Set
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
Issued in 1884 by the Lawson Card Company of Boston, Massachusetts, the Lawson's playing-card set features thirty-six cards with extremely striking baseball-related designs. Presented is an extremely high grade complete 36-card "deluxe" edition Lawson's set. The cards in the deluxe edition are identical to those in the standard edition except that each card has beautiful gilt edges and the same very attractive baseball scene in brown and white, as opposed to blue and white. Instead of a thin cardboard box, the deluxe set is presented in a thicker brown cloth-covered cardboard box with game identification in gold lettering, and with matching interior cloth-covered sleeve. The cards have been stored in the box (presumably since 1884!) and are in spectacular Near Mint or better condition. The box displays as Ex-Mt with minor wear visible at the corners and a round stain present on the reverse. The gold lettering and the interior sleeve remain in Nr/Mt condition. This set is also accompanied by its original 20-page instruction booklet (intact and displaying Vg to Vg-Ex) and two "Value of Cards" inserts. All cards in the set are bright, crisp, and clean, having been beautifully preserved in their original box. Total: 36 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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