1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #80 Rogers Hornsby - Rookie Card!

Sold For: $7,050

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 469

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Do not be fooled by the SGC assigned grade on this card! It is a beauty! Presented is an extremely attractive high-grade E135 Collins-McCarthy rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in a throwing pose. This is Rogers Hornsby's most desirable card and it is very rarely offered, especially in such outstanding condition. The image featured on this card is a unique throwing pose of Hornsby which appears only in the Collins-McCarthy set (and related issues). Issued in 1917 by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of San Francisco, the 200-card black-and-white E135 set was the company's only venture into issuing cards of Major Leaguers. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 M101-4/5 Sporting News set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public, and so are naturally much rarer, and were also larger than M101-4/5 cards. The E135 set was produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and has a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This striking example of Hornsby’s rookie card is perfectly bright and clean, with a virtually flawless surface, outstanding contrast, four square corners (a hint of light wear in the lower left), and almost perfect centering. It has an Ex-Mt appearance but has been harshly downgraded by SGC due to a very light wrinkle in the top left corner (only noticeable when the card is held on the perfect angle in extreme light), a very light diagonal crease in the lower left portion of the card, and two very tiny indentations in the center of the top edge. The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed advertisement centered to the right. We grade this card higher than SGC, but whatever its grade, it is a gem. This is a magnificent example of the most significant of all Rogers Hornsby cards, his rookie card, which is of all the greater note as it is a rare card from an exceptionally high quality set that dates from the late teens, a time during which very few card sets were issued. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

SOLD FOR $7,050

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