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1914 H813-3 "Boston Garter" Nap Lajoie
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,555
Graded "Authentic" by SGC. Extremely rare sample card of 1914 Boston Garter featuring Hall of Fame infielder Nap Lajoie from the Cleveland Naps of the American League. The checklist on the back lists ten cards to the set. Like the other two (full color) sets issued by Boston Garter, these cards were also issued one per box of twelve Boston-brand garters. Because they are slightly smaller (each measuring approximately 6.5 x 4 inches), and printed in green-and-white or sepia tones as opposed to full color, this 1914 Boston Garter issue has always received far less attention than the two Boston Garter color issues. They are, however, of a similar extreme rarity. This card has a crisp image with flawless contrast. Scattered creasing along the bottom, as well as a single crease at the top, is visible. Light, even wear to the corners and edges. The unusual cut along the top of cards from this set appears to be related to their method of issue. The cards were not issued in vertical strips; they were apparently attached to the Boston Garters packaging and had to be removed. Most (if not all) examples we have seen appear to have been cut with scissors at the top. Upon very close inspection, this is also the case with this example, which is solely responsible for the non-numerical encapsulation by SGC; it would otherwise have been numerically graded and is in overall Good condition. Even a common player sample card from this issue is extremely difficult to find. This is a very attractive and desirable 1914 Boston Garter of Nap Lajoie, one of the key Hall of Famers from one of the rarest baseball-card sets of the era.Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,555
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