1906 Lincoln Publishing Postcard Chief Bender

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 151

Item Year: 1906

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely rare Hall of Fame sample-card from the beautiful Lincoln Publishing postcard set honoring the back-to-back American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Chief Bender is pictured in a formal portrait pose, dressed in a suit, in the center of the postcard, with the heading "American League Champions" scripted at top and his name and "Athletic Base Ball Team" printed underneath. Bender is one of four Hall of Famers in the twenty-card set; Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, and Rube Waddell are the other three. Ideally, all four of these Hall of Famers are available individually in this auction. The offered card is crisp and clean, presenting as Very Good from the front. It has been graded FAIR 20 by SGC due to a handwritten "Pitcher" notation in the nameplate underneath Bender's portrait along with an address and postmark (September 18, 1906) on the reverse. Interestingly, each of the four Hall of Fame postcards offered in this auction were mailed to the same person and postmarked in a one-week span, meaning these postcards have impressively been reunited after 110 years. A small crease in the lower right along with a spot of paper loss on the reverse are the only true condition flaws noticeable. This is a very attractive Hall of Fame sample card from this fascinating and extremely scarce postcard set. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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