1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Hal Chase

Sold For: $3,231

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 188

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. M110 Sporting Life cabinet cards are among the most impressive and desirable cards of the era. This auction includes the complete M110 set, assembled and presented by the same consignor, with each card offered individually. Offered is a magnificent example from this legendary set of early New York star first baseman Hal Chase. Because there are only six players to the set (Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson, Lajoie, Chance, and Chase), Sporting Life had the luxury to include only players considered to be especially noteworthy stars. Ninety-five years later its choices appear to have withstood the test of time, with the possible exception of Hal Chase. Chase was, in fact, a major star of the day, but his involvement with gambling and unsavory characters undermined his legend, and ensured that he would forever remain a "non-Hall of Famer." Upon close inspection the card has even wear to the corners and a light hint of a stain (which is extremely minor) in the lower left border and the lower right border, as well as a little wear and toning along the right edge (also very minor). The few marks in the background of the card give the appearance of insignificant pencil marks, but these are, in fact, not pencil marks at all. These light lines are natural wear that is unique to M110s, which have extremely sensitive surfaces and, because of exactly how they were produced, respond to pressure and light abrasions differently than other cards. The back of the card has some minor spots of staining which do not detract from the integrity of the advertisement on the reverse. Despite minor faults, this is a very impressive looking card which has an overall Very Good (or better) appearance. This is a very attractive example with no creases from one of card collecting's rarest, most condition-sensitive, and most highly prized early twentieth-century cabinet-card issues. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,231

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