Presented is an outstanding collection of ninety different B18 blankets (out of 181 in a complete set), highlighted by several Hall of Famers and stars, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Joe Jackson. This collection represents a blanket for each player included in the complete set, but it is missing the many color variations required for a complete set (plus the seventeen almost impossible-to-find red-infield variations, which are so rare that guides do not consider them a part of the total set count). The collection is extremely pleasing overall, with 65% grading Ex to Nr/Mt and 35% slightly lesser. Because they are not traditional cards, and are not yet graded by PSA, B18s have been somewhat overlooked by many collectors. They will have their day! B18s represent one of the most outstanding values of all baseball tobacco issues. They are also one of the most interesting and difficult of all tobacco sets to complete. Distributed as inserts one per package of Egyptienne Straights Cigarettes, the set includes several Hall of Famers, as well as many scarcities and rarities, future "Black Sox" Joe Jackson, and many other stars. Complete sets and large collections of B18s just don't "turn up." They have to be assembled, one by one. Keys:
Cobb (sewing machine stitching, otherwise Vg-Ex), Gainor – Brown Infield (Vg-Ex), Kavanaugh (Vg-Ex), Jackson (miscut edges and discoloration), James – Brown Infield (sewing machine stitching, otherwise Vg-Ex), Johnson (sewing machine stitching, otherwise Vg-Ex), and Mitchell – Yellow Pennants (measures small, otherwise Ex). This is a crisp and clean, very carefully assembled, outstanding collection of one of tobacco collecting's most exotic issues, put together over a period of many years by a very advanced and dedicated longtime collector. Total: 90 blankets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
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