Collection of fifty-three B18 blankets, highlighted by seven Hall of Famers including Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson. 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 half 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. Condition is 40% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt and 60% Vg-Ex to Ex (including a few slightly lesser). Collection of fifty-three B18s: (color refers to pennants, infield, or basepaths, per The Standard Catalog checklist):
Adams (purple), two Ainsmith (green), Baker (white), Bassler (purple), Baumann (white), two Boone (blue), Cavanaugh (Kavanaugh), Chance (HOF, green), Chance (HOF, blue infield, brown pennants), Chapman (yellow), Cobb (HOF, white, moderate staining and label remnants, otherwise Ex-Mt), two Cole (green), three Connolly (white), three Daubert (two blue and one green), Doyle (green), Fletcher (green), Gainor (white), two Gandil (Black Sox, green), Gibson (purple), two Grant (green), two Griffith (white infield, green pennants), Hamilton (purple), Hartzell (blue), Hummel (green), James (brown), Johnson (HOF, green, Gd due to stitching holes and missing corner tip), Keating (green), McAllister (red), McBride (green), Meyers (green), Milan (green), Moeller (green), Morgan (green), Murray (brown), Peckinpaugh (green), Rucker (blue), two Snodgrass (green), two Stengel (HOF, one blue and one green), Viox (purple), Whaling (white), and Wheat (HOF, green). An impressive group, including legendary Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson. Total: 53 blankets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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