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1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Tris Speaker
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,259
Graded VG 40 by SGC. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Series set is an incredibly rare baseball-card issue. Presented is one of the key cards from the set: Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front, and with the reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following:" followed by the complete thirty-card checklist of the set. Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been a special promotion produced for and marketed exclusively to The Baltimore News newsboys. This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94-related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because they are clearly a distinct issue from E94. This example is crisp and clean with even rounding and light wrinkling to the corners and a very clean reverse, which is especially desirable for sample cards from this set. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional example of one of the key Hall of Famers from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259
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