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1920s W-UNC "Shoulderless" Series Tris Speaker - New Checklist Addition!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $711
Presented is an incredible, newly discovered card of Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Tris Speaker from the 1920s W-UNC "Shoulderless" series. The Speaker card is not only fresh to the hobby but is also an entirely new addition to the set checklist, which until this recent discovery (which also included a Cobb, offered separately in this auction) stood at eight subjects, each of which had only one confirmed example. The discovery of new players from a new source lends credence to the fact that this was a formal card set, perhaps regionally issued (which may contribute to their rarity and obscurity). Termed "Shoulderless" by catalogers looking to designate the set in some special way, the sepia-toned set gets its name from the close cropping of the image that, on each card, obscures part or all of the subject's shoulders. One of the few resources for information on the set at this time, the OldCardboard.com website (http://tinyurl.com/llwrtas), presents the checklist and sample image, and notes that the issuer of these cards is currently unknown but may be a candy or ice-cream manufacturer. Each card measures approximately 1-1/2 x 2-5/8 inches with slight size variations suggesting a hand-cut nature. Speaker is pictured in a bust-length pose with his image cropped at the shoulders, as is the style of the set. The card features a striking, crisp photo of Speaker with flawless registration. Light, but present creasing, a common flaw on thin-stock issues, is visible on the front and back but not distracting. The blank reverse is entirely clean. The card presents very well and is encapsulated and graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Despite the condition flaws, this is a tremendous rarity, with significance to collectors as a rare sample card, a newly discovered Tris Speaker card, and a very significant checklist addition to the "Shoulderless" series. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711
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