1908 PC800 Pittsburgh Pirates Real-Photo Postcard SGC-Graded Pair

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 175

Item Year: 1908

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely rare pair of vignette real-photo postcards issued in 1908, each depicting an individual member of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. This is a very unusual and distinctive set featuring only Pittsburgh Pirates players. Each postcard pictures the player in uniform and also includes the player's last name, team, position, and year printed in white lettering within the body of the photo. This particular issue, designated "PC800," is distinguished by its irregular vignette photo borders and traditional divided postcard reverse. Both of the cards have been graded and encapsulated by SGC: Nick Maddox (FAIR 20) and Harry Swacina (Authentic). Both of the cards bear the ink-stamped name of "L.B. Coyle, Pittsburg, Pa." on the reverse. According to The Standard Catalog, L.B. Coyle was the publisher of the set. The Standard Catalog lists nine players as definitely known from the set, but notes that it is believed that the complete set is comprised of a total of fifteen cards, and that they were sold as souvenirs at Pittsburgh's Exhibition Field in 1908. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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