1912 C46 Imperial Tobacco Complete Set (90): #1 PSA Set Registry! (7.70 GPA)

Sold For: $14,100

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 234

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is by far the finest complete set of C46 Imperial Tobacco cards to ever be assembled in the history of the world! Eighty-four of these cards are the highest-ever PSA-graded examples. Four additional cards have only one example graded higher. The set is comprised of three MINT 9s, sixty-five NM-MT 8s, nineteen NM 7s, and three EX 5s. The set is listed as the #1 Set on the PSA Registry. It would be hard to believe that a finer set could ever be assembled! We're not sure how this set even came to be assembled, it is so much better than any other C46 set. We assume there must be a story to explain its survival in such unbelievable high-grade condition but that this story has long since been lost to time. All we can say for sure is that the cards are here and this is the best C46 set in the world. It is a miracle set!

Issued in 1912 by the Imperial Tobacco Company, the 90-card C46 set is the only 1910-era tobacco baseball set issued in Canada. The players featured in this set are members of the eight teams of the Eastern League (Rochester, Toronto, Buffalo, Newark, Providence, Baltimore, Montreal, and Jersey City). The set includes many players with Major League experience, including Hall of Famers Joe Kelley and Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity plus Chicago "Black Sox" member "Chick" Gandil. This world-class complete set has been professionally graded in its entirety by PSA. This is the number-one set and the only complete set on the PSA Registry. The average grade is 7.70.

The PSA grades are as follows: Three MINT 9: #31, 33, and 39. Sixty-five NM-MT 8: #5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Kelly (HOF), 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41 Taylor, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 63, 64, 65 Gandil ("Black Sox" member), 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77 McGinnity (HOF), 78, 81, 82, 83, 85 Carlo, 86, and 88. Nineteen NM 7: #2 McGinley, 3, 4, 9, 18, 22, 51, 52, 59, 60, 62, 72, 73, 74, 79, 80, 84, 87, and 89 McCarty. Three EX 5: #1 O'Hara, 15, and 90 Curtis (last card in set). The unique and striking design of the set, and the fact that many players in the C46 set are familiar to collectors as they also appear in other sets of the era (especially the T206 White Border set), make this extremely rare and beautiful issue of special note to collectors. The C46 cards feature a portrait of the player inside an oval surrounded by a woodgrain background. The flush-to-the-border design makes the edges and corners particularly susceptible to chipping and wear. In all our years we have offered only three other sets. Rarely offered as a complete set in any grade, this is a extraordinary and unprecedented ultra high-grade complete set of one of the most elusive and condition-sensitive tobacco issues of the era. Total 90 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $14,100

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