1911 M116 Sporting Life SGC-Graded Collection (179)

Sold For: $6,600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 118

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a collection of 179 different cards from the classic M116 Sporting Life series, highlighted by eighteen Hall of Famers, including Collins, Mack, and Plank, as well as Black Sox star Eddie Cicotte. Each card is graded and encapsulated by SGC. The offered collection features 178 of the 287 different cards in a complete basic set and also includes one variation (forty variations exist in the master set). The M116 card set was issued by Sporting Life ("The Paper That Made Baseball Popular"), and by any measure is one of the most important sets of the era. Sporting Life was no doubt encouraged by the success of the popular tobacco cards of the day, and this issue shares a similar design with them. Sporting Life was a major competitor of The Sporting News in the early part of the twentieth century. The Sporting Life set was issued in twenty-four series of twelve cards each, sold by mail for four cents per series. This is an especially attractive collection with almost all cards presenting as bright and crisp with strong corners and colors. In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist.

SGC Grading Composite: EX/NM 80 (1 card):
#51. EX+ 70 (5 cards): #23, 82, 116, 151, and 258. EX 60 (35 cards): #12, 18, 28, 45, 60, 62b, 72, 73, 76b, 87, 101, 110, 115, 126b Jennings (HOF), 138, 143, 154, 164, 168 McGraw (HOF), 171, 177, 202, 211, 215, 220, 222b, 229, 232a, 240, 241, 249, 250, 263, 270, and 279. VG/EX+ 55 (1 card): #174. VG/EX 50 (54 cards): #2a, 10a Baker (HOF), 11, 15, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30b Bresnahan (HOF), 32, 36, 40b Chance (HOF), 41, 44a Clarke (HOF), 52, 56, 71a, 85b Evers (HOF), 86, 97, 107, 111, 114, 119 Huggins (HOF), 124, 133, 136, 145, 148b, 149, 150, 155, 157, 166a, 173, 183, 189b, 190, 196, 197, 212, 214, 218, 225, 236, 239, 246, 251, 257b, 264a Tinker (HOF), 267, 268a Waddell (HOF), 280, and 285. VG+ 45 (1 card): #50. VG 40 (34 cards): #29, 34, 37, 42b Chase, 54, 68, 88, 94, 108, 113, 121, 131 Joss (HOF), 125, 129, 139, 158 Mack (HOF), 160, 163, 167, 172, 175a, 184, 186, 191, 194, 199, 205, 217, 248, 257a, 260, 266, 277, and 281. GOOD 30 (12 cards): #8, 9, 20a Bender (HOF), 35, 77, 78, 122, 140, 170, 178, 185b, and 193. FAIR 20 (4 cards): #1, 43 Cicotte (Black Sox), 48a Collins (HOF), and 90 Flick (HOF). POOR 10 (12 cards): #13a, 75, 79, 81, 135, 169, 182, 200, 228, 242, 275, and 283. Authentic (20 cards): #5, 14, 17, 19, 31, 74, 106 Griffith (HOF), 112, 118, 123, 126a Jennings (HOF), 132, 213 Plank (HOF), 223, 224, 230, 243, 252, 256, and 271. A total of ninety cards within this collection are pedigreed from the Lionel Carter Collection.

M116s are one of the most significant and substantial issues of the era, and are considerably scarcer than their tobacco-card counterparts. This very impressive group with numerous highlights would serve as a tremendous foundation for the assembly of an outstanding complete M116 set. The equivalent SMR value (factoring in the eleven half grades at the lower whole-grade level and excluding the twenty cards graded "Authentic") is $7,845. Total: 179 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000++.


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