1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Hughie Jennings - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 675

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings from the M131 Baltimore News Newsboys series. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Series set is an incredibly rare baseball-card issue. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front, and with the checklist-reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following." Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been a special promotion produced for and marketed exclusively to the Baltimore News newsboys. This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94-related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because it is clearly a distinct issue from E94. The offered card of Jennings is very attractive, with light wear to the corners, flawless registration, outstanding centering, and a clean, crisp image. Downgraded due to a crease near the upper left corner (more visible from the reverse). The important "Baltimore News Newsboy Series" line at the top of the card remains entirely clean and ideal for a sample card from this set. An outstanding example from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting, and it would make a significant addition to any Hughie Jennings, Hall of Fame, or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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