Graded VG/EX+ 55 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card of Hall of Famer Chief Bender from the 1911 Stevens Firearms issue. Capitalizing on the Philadelphia Athletics' American League Pennant in 1911 (and their eventual defeat of the New York Giants in the World Series), Stevens Firearms issued a series of ink blotters featuring members of the team promoting Stevens' product line of rifles and shotguns. Measuring 6-3/16 by 3-7/16 inches, this card features a black-and-white image of Bender in a swing-thru pose, alongside the "Pennant Winners" headline and company advertising, as well as a box where retailers could stamp their specific address and information, underneath. Samples from this series are extremely rare. The offered example is crisp and clean with bold black printing on the front and light, even wear to the corners. There is a small bend in the lower left corner. The blank reverse is entirely clean. This is an exceptional example of Chief Bender that would be a worthy addition to any advanced Philadelphia Athletics, Hall of Fame, or type-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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