Collection of thirty-five B18 blankets. These 5.25-inch squares of “flannel baseball cards” were issued in 1914, with several popular brands of tobacco. They are referred to as “blankets” because they were intended to be sewn together to create bed covers, pillowcases, etc. Often overlooked by collectors, B18s are beginning to be recognized both for their scarcity and for the exceptional value they represent compared to many other 1910-era baseball tobacco issues. Approximately one third of the blankets in this collection have remnants of the factory label on the reverse, and have been graded below without regard to this characteristic. Five of the blankets (Hyatt, Leibold, McAllister, Milan, and Moriarty) are sewn together. Condition is 25% Ex to Ex-Mt, 46% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 29% lesser (due to stitching holes). Collection of thirty-five B18s: (color refers to pennants, infield, or basepaths, per The Standard Catalog checklist):
Ainsmith (brown), Bassler (purple), two George Burns (green), two Tioga George Burns (white), two Cole (blue and green), Doyle (brown), Gibson (red), two Hummell (green and blue), Hyatt (purple), Keating (green), Leibold (purple), McAllister (red), McBride (green), Milan (green), Morgan (green), Moriarty (white), O'Toole (red), Pratt (red), three Rucker (two green and one blue), Shotton (purple), Smith (blue), Steele (purple), Sweeney (blue), Tyler (brown), two Wagner (blue and green), Wallace (purple), D. Walsh (red), and J. Walsh (green). Total: 35 blankets. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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