Presented is an outstanding near-complete set of 1947-1966 Exhibits consisting of 281 cards (out of 336), including many of the Hall of Famers, stars, and rarities that make it one of the most comprehensive sets of the era. Missing fifty-five cards for completion, including the following Hall of Famers and scarcities: Alvis, Ashburn/Phillies - first name correct, Berra/"Printed in U.S.A." lower right, G. Coleman, M. Cooper, Doby/bat well off right border, Doerr/no "An Exhibit Card", Jensen, Killebrew/portrait, Kuenn/"D" on cap, Linz, Lock, Mantle/"ck" connected, Mantle/"ck" not connected, Mantle/portrait, McCoskey, Pearson, Peters, Powell, Richardson, Rogers, Rollins, Schoendienst/fielding - name in red-brown, "Moose" Skowron, Vandermeer, Ward, Yastrzemski, and all team cards (except 1948 Braves). Issued by the Exhibit Supply Co. of Chicago over a period of twenty years, the 1947-1966 Exhibits set is perhaps one of the most overlooked and has received far less attention than it deserves. Exhibit cards were traditionally sold for one penny each, from vending machines placed at arcades and amusement parks for more than four decades (from 1921 to the early 1960s). Condition is 56% Ex to Ex-Mt (including some Nr/Mt), 27% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 17% lesser (including one trimmed and a few that measure small). Keys:
Aaron (Vg-Ex+), Banks/script (Vg-Ex+), Banks/plain (Nr/Mt), Banks/portrait (Ex+), L. Berra (Ex), Berra/Made in USA lower right (Ex), Clemente (pencil number on reverse, otherwise Ex), Ed "Whitey" Ford (Ex), Ford/pitching (Vg-Ex), Ford/portrait (black ballpoint pen signature, otherwise Ex), Hutchinson (extra paper and glue on reverse from scrapbook removal, otherwise Vg-Ex), Killebrew/with bat (Ex+), Killebrew/throwing (Ex-Mt), Kluszewski/plain uniform, Koufax (Nr/Mt), Kranepool (Ex), Mantle/full-length (small spots of paper loss on front with color added, otherwise Ex), Mays/batting (Ex), Mays/portrait (Vg-Ex), Musial/kneeling (Ex), Musial/batting (Ex+), Paige (Vg), Roberts/white (Ex), F. Robinson (Fr), J. Robinson (Ex), and 1948 Braves Team (pencil mark on front, otherwise Vg). This particular near-complete set also contains twelve cards that appear to be signed by the depicted player. (Please note this lot was received after our authentication deadline and these twelve cards are being sold "as is" without authentication.) The twelve cards are S. Chandler, Crandall, Daley, Dark/Braves, Doerr/"An Exhibit Card" lower left, Ford/portrait, Hatton, S. Mele, Pierce, Roberts/black facsimile signature, Simmons, and Triandos. This extremely attractive near-complete 1947-1966 Exhibits set is loaded with highlights and would be an extremely significant addition to even the most advanced collection. Total: 281 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
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