1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Bobby Byrne - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 677

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! This is a very attractive sample card from the rare M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series, featuring Bobby Byrne of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series 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. Bright, crisp, and clean, with light wear at the corners, outstanding centering, and a flawless image. A lower left corner crease, visible from the reverse, is responsible for the assigned grade. The reverse is clean, which is especially desirable for a sample card from this set. This is an exceptional sample from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.

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