1913 WG5 National Game Cards Complete PSA-Graded Set (52)

Sold For: $4,700

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 230

Item Year: 1913

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is an extremely attractive high-grade complete set of all fifty-two cards (plus the rules card for a total of 53 cards) from the classic WG5 National Game series, each graded and encapsulated by PSA. This set is one of the great values in all of vintage-card collecting, perhaps the very best (especially when one considers that one of the few cards of Joe Jackson is included in the set). It is easy to see why collectors are always enthusiastic about this issue, especially when by chance a complete set happens to survive that has received little or no use. This game-card set is comprised of forty-two different individual players and nine cards featuring on-the-field in-action scenes. "The National Game" cards are nearly identical in design to the "Tom Barker Baseball" card set except for the different back design, which is in red and features advertising for "The National Game." All the greatest stars of the era are represented, including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and many more. The PSA grades are as follows: Five Mint 9: including the following Hall of Famers: Crawford, Griffith, and Speaker. Five NM-MT+ 8.5: including the following Hall of Famers: Chance and Lajoie. Seventeen NM-MT 8: including the following Hall of Famers: Alexander, Bender, Bresnahan, Clarke, Evers, Huggins, Mack, Marquard, and Mathewson. Three NM+ 7.5: including the following Hall of Famers: Cobb and Walsh. Eight NM 7: including the following Hall of Famers: Jennings, Johnson, and McGraw. One EX-MT+ 6.5: Wood. Three EX-MT 6: including Jackson and Young (HOF). Three EX+ 5.5: including the following Hall of Famers: Tinker and Wagner. Five EX 5: including the following Hall of Famer: Baker (Tom Barker Game card). Three lesser: Rules card (VG-EX+ 4.5), McLean (VG-EX 4), and Runner Looking Back (Authentic). This is a stunning complete set of this classic issue which includes all the great stars of the day including Joe Jackson and an incredible twenty-four Hall of Famers. Total 53 cards (complete set of 52 plus rules card). Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+.

SOLD FOR $4,700

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