1916 M101-5 Sporting News #176 Jim Thorpe

Sold For: $9,400

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 477

Item Year: 1916

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded POOR 10 by SGC. This extremely rare and desirable M101-5 Sporting News card features the legendary Jim Thorpe, and is one of only a handful of cards of Jim Thorpe issued during his playing days as a baseball Major Leaguer, when he was a member of John McGraw's New York Giants. Thorpe's brief baseball career in the Majors lasted parts of just six seasons (1913-1919), an era in which very few card sets were issued. The only two major card issues featuring Thorpe individually as a Major Leaguer are the 1916 M101-5 Sporting News and the 1912-era E270-2 Colgan's Chips. (The 1922 Zeenut of Thorpe, also a great rarity, features Thorpe in the PCL.) Despite the appropriately modest grade, this is an extremely attractive example of one of the most classic and sought-after of all Jim Thorpe cards. The card has a perfectly focused image, evenly rounded corners, no major creases (a few tiny surface wrinkles to the glossy surface), and is centered slightly to the top left. The large chip of surface paper loss along the bottom edge and a tiny edge chip near the top right corner are serious flaws and allow a grade of only Poor, but this is still a very attractive example of this extremely rare and important card. The blank back is fairly clean with just a few scattered spots of toning near the bottom edge and very light soiling. This is a very unusual, rarely offered, and extremely desirable low-grade example of this classic card, providing a relatively affordable alternative to a far more expensive high-grade example. Auction records of this card in high grade exceed $40,000. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,400

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