1909 Derby Cigars John McGraw

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 654

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC. Presented is a striking example of New York Giants Hall of Famer John McGraw from the incredibly rare 1909 Derby Cigars series. A black-and-white image of McGraw appears in an oval on the front framed by a bold red background with "McGraw, Mgr." underneath. The card, which measures approximately 1.75 x 2.75 inches, has a black back and is hand-cut from Derby Cigars packaging. Although there is no advertising for Derby Cigars or the American Tobacco Company, the cards have been attributed to the company. This is the first example that we have ever offered! To date, the checklist stands at twelve cards, and McGraw is the key to the set along with Christy Mathewson. This is an extremely striking and beautiful sample card from this extraordinarily rare set. A worthy addition to any type-card, Hall of Fame, of John McGraw collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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