1933 R300 George C. Miller SGC-Graded Complete Set (32) - Only Complete Set on SGC Registry!

Sold For: $12,925

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 506

Item Year: 1933

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a very attractive complete set of one of the 1930s' rarest issues: R300 George C. Miller cards. In addition to being one of the most beautiful and distinctive rare sets ever produced, the thirty-two cards in the George C. Miller set feature a remarkable nineteen Hall of Famers, including Jimmy Foxx, Dizzy Dean, Mel Ott, and sixteen others. Assembling a set of George C. Millers is one of the all-time great collecting achievements in 1930s baseball-card collecting. This is only the second set we have ever offered. Among 1930s gum and candy card issues, few are accorded more respect than the 32-card set issued by the George C. Miller Company of Boston. Their striking colors, artistically unique design, and rarity compared to other 1930s sets make R300s one of the most fascinating, distinctive, and difficult-to-complete of all sets from the 1930s. This extraordinary complete set has been professionally graded in its entirety by SGC (all submitted by REA). This is the only complete set on the SGC Registry. The average grade is 24.22. The set is comprised of two VG/EX 50, five VG 40, eight GOOD 30, eight FAIR 20, six POOR 10, and three Authentic (including Andrews, canceled). The cards in this set display far better than suggested by their technically accurate grades. A set like this does not just happen to come together by chance, especially for R300s. This set was assembled by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years, with a commitment to overall eye-appeal.

The SGC grades are as follows: Two cards are graded VG/EX 50: Berger and Simmons (HOF). Five cards are graded VG 40: Ferrell, Gehringer (HOF), Klein (HOF), Maranville (HOF), and Ott (HOF). Eight cards are graded GOOD 30: Bottomley (HOF), Dykes, Frisch (HOF), Grimm, Hafey (HOF), Melillo, Terry (HOF), and Warneke. Eight cards are graded FAIR 20: Alexander, Bartell, Cronin (HOF), Reynolds, Ruffing (HOF), Stripp, L. Waner (HOF), and P. Waner (HOF). Six cards are graded POOR 10: Dickey (HOF), Foxx (HOF), Goslin (HOF), Grove (HOF), Hayworth, and O'Doul. Three cards are Authentic: Andrews (Aside from the cancellation clipping, the card is in Excellent condition), Averill (HOF), and Dean (HOF).

Andrews was intentionally issued in very limited numbers so that the George C. Miller Company would not have to give out too many valuable prizes in exchange for complete sets, as detailed by the redemption offer on the back of each card. Only two or three uncancelled Andrews cards are known to exist. In the 1980s, a small find of R300 Andrews cards surfaced that had all been redeemed. All of these cards were canceled by having the lower third of the card cut away, so that the same card could not be used a second time to redeem another valuable prize. The Andrews card in this set is one of the ten or fifteen examples from the find. The R300 George C. Miller set is universally recognized as one of the most significant of all prewar baseball-card issues. Very few complete sets exist. The assembly of a set in any condition is an extraordinary collecting achievement. This is a very attractive medium-grade set of one of the most important and rarely offered of all 1930s card sets. The only other complete R300 set that we have ever offered was the #1 set on the PSA Registry (average grade 5.20), from the legendary Conlon Collection, which in 2009 sold for an astounding $246,750. That was the best set in the world, and deserved a premium price. The offered set is in a lower grade (as is every other set!) and of course is of a far lesser value. But the fact is that few sets of R300 exist in any grade, let alone are offered in set form. This set presents an extremely rare and, especially compared to the incredible auction record price of the finest set in the world, a very practical and relatively affordable collecting opportunity to acquire one of card collecting's most highly regarded and virtually impossible-to-obtain complete sets. Total 32 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $12,925

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