1914 B18 Blankets Near-Complete Set Including Joe Jackson (137 of 185)

Sold For: $8,225

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 470

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Near complete set of 137 different B18 blankets, including two Joe Jacksons and two Ty Cobbs. 75% range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 25% Vg-Ex to Ex. We have not downgraded the blankets with paper remnants from their original packaging on the back (as this is how they were issued, and this paper could be removed if desired). The collection is missing only 48 blankets to be complete (not including the 17 virtually impossible-to-find red-infield variations). Because they are not traditional cards, and are not yet graded by PSA or SGC, B18s have been somewhat overlooked by many collectors. They will have their day. B18s represent one of the most outstanding values of all baseball tobacco issues. They are also one of the most interesting and difficult of all tobacco sets to complete. The set includes few Hall of Famers, but many scarcities and rarities. This advanced collection offers an outstanding foundation toward this challenge. The blankets missing for completion are as follows (color refers to pennants, infield, or basepaths, per The Standard Catalog checklist): Agnew (purple), Austin (purple and red), Baker (brown), Bassler (yellow), Bauman (brown), T. Burns (brown), Carey (purple and red), Cavanaugh (white and brown), Chance (yellow), Connolly (brown), Doak (purple), Gainor (brown), Graney (yellow), Griffith (white/red), Hamilton (red), Huggins (yellow), Hyatt (purple and red), Kelley (purple), Konetchy (red), Leibold (yellow), McAllister (purple), Meyers (brown), Mitchell (purple and yellow), Moriarty (brown), Mowrey (purple and red), Olson (purple), O'Neill (purple, red, yellow), O'Toole (red), Pratt (purple), Robinson (purple), Sallee (yellow), Shanks (white), Steele (purple), Tesreau (brown), Viox (red), Wagner (green), Wallace (purple), Whitted (purple), Williams (red), Wilson (purple), plus the 17 red-infield variations. Included among the 137 B18s in this collection are dozens of the scarce designs and variations. Keys: Chance/green (Vg-Ex), Chance/brown (Vg-Ex), Cobb/white (Ex), Cobb/brown (Vg-Ex), Gandil/brown (Ex-Mt), Gandil/green (Nr/Mt), Huggins/purple (Ex), Joe Jackson/purple (Ex-Mt), Joe Jackson/yellow (Ex-Mt) , W. Johnson/brown (Ex-Mt), W. Johnson/green (Ex-Mt), Maranville/white (Vg-Ex), Maranville/brown (Ex), Stengel/blue (Ex-Mt), Stengel/green (Ex), Wallace/red (Ex), Wheat/blue (Vg-Ex), and Wheat/green (Ex). The collection also includes most of the numerous rarities of the set such as the yellow pennant and brown infield variations. This is a very clean, carefully assembled, outstanding collection of one of tobacco collecting's most exotic issues, put together over a period of many years by a very advanced longtime collector, and highlighted by Ex-Mt examples of both variations (yellow and purple pennants) of Joe Jackson. Total 137 blankets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000.
SOLD FOR $8,225

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