1910 "Orange Borders" Candy Box with Speaker and 1909 NL Champions with Wagner

Sold For: $3,819

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 238

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For many decades this rare set has been referred to by advanced collectors as "Orange Borders." In 1910 the "Geo. Davis Co., Inc." and the "P.R. Warren Co." of Massachusetts together issued this striking and extraordinarily rare package-design set, with two cards featured on each box of "American Sports - Candy and Jewelry" (one on the front, and one on the back). It is rare to find even a common player sample card from this issue, let alone a major Hall of Famer (Speaker) or the 1909 Pirates (with Honus Wagner), as featured here. An original candy box with cards intact is virtually unheard of and this, in fact, is the very first example we have ever had to offer. The box is near-complete, missing just the top and bottom opening flaps. It is not assembled (without the end flaps assembly is not possible) and has been stored flat. Technically the box is in low- to mid-grade, with minor flaws. The National League Champions with Honus Wagner side is technically in the higher grade between the two cards. It is interesting to note that despite the small size of the players on the team card, most can be easily recognized, particularly Honus Wagner (second row, far right). The Speaker card on the opposite side has a couple creases but displays very well. If we had to grade each card individually by PSA standards, perhaps NL Champions would be Excellent; and Speaker would be Gd. The integrity of the box as a whole remains intact. "Orange Borders" have always been among the most elusive of all 1910-era baseball-card rarities. Everyone knows these were cut from boxes, but few have ever even seen exactly how they were issued. This box tells the story! This is a very attractive example of one of the rarest of all early baseball package-design boxes, and featuring two key cards in the set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819

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