1913 WG5 National Game Cards Near-Complete Set (49 of 52)

Sold For: $3,555

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 349

Item Year: 1913

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Forty-nine different of the fifty-two cards in the 1913 WG5 National Game set, accompanied by the original score card, for a total of 50 cards. Includes SGC NM 84 examples of key stars Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie, and Christy Mathewson. This beautiful recently discovered set (minus three cards) looks like it has not seen the light of day since 1913. This game-card set is comprised of forty-three different individual players and nine action photos. The three missing cards for completion are: Chase, Marquard, and Rucker. The National Game set is identical in design to Tom Barker Game card set except for the different back design in red which features advertising for "The National Game Baseball." An extraordinary selection of great stars of the era are represented, including: Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and many more. We have selected eight cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The SGC grades are as follows: Four NM 84: Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson, Lajoie, and Mathewson. Two EX/NM 80: Johnson and Young. One EX 60: Wagner. One VG 40: Speaker. The balance of the cards grade as follows: Twenty cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt condition (averaging Ex), twenty-two cards are Vg (includes a few which might technically grade Good). Additional Hall of Famers include Alexander, Baker, Bender, Bresnahan, Chance, Clarke, Crawford, Evers, Griffith, Huggins, Jennings, Mack, McGraw, Tinker, and Walsh. This is a very attractive set (minus 3) which has not been mishandled in any way, but has been played with as intended. These decks occasionally survive in perfect condition, with cards having never been used for play, and those decks sell for many thousands of dollars. This is a very crisp medium- to high-grade set (minus 3) that represents an outstanding value compared to higher-grade sets of this issue, and, in our opinion, an outstanding value compared to all other 1910-era baseball card sets as well. Also included is the original four-page instruction booklet that has accompanied the set since 1913 (interestingly it is the instruction booklet for the related Tom Barker set) and the original box (flattened). The equivalent SMR value for just the eight SGC-graded cards (not including the additional 42 cards) is $2,485. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555

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