Extremely rare sample card of 1914 Boston Garter featuring infielder Heinie Zimmerman from the Chicago Cubs of the National League (green and white tinted version). The checklist on the back lists ten cards to the set. Like the other two (full-color) sets issued by Boston Garter, these cards were also issued one per box of twelve Boston-brand garters. Because they are slightly smaller (each measuring approximately 6.5 x 4 inches), and printed in green-and-white or sepia tones as opposed to full color, this 1914 Boston Garter issue has always received far less attention than the two color Boston Garter issues. They are, however, of a similar extreme rarity. This card is bright, crisp, and clean both front and back, with flawless contrast, a perfect surface, and a slightly irregular cut along the top. The reverse is perfectly clean with bold black printing set against a striking off-white background. The text of the reverse, like all other 1914 Boston Garters, appears to have a portion of the top missing. The unusual cut along the top of cards from this set appears to be related to their method of issue. The cards were not issued in vertical strips; they were apparently attached to the Boston Garter packaging and had to be removed. Most examples we have seen, including this one, appear to have been cut at the top. This quality accounts for a grade of "Authentic" by SGC (submitted by REA) instead of a numerical grade. The card has a strong Vg-Ex appearance. This is a stunning (and for this issue, very high-grade) sample card from one of the rarest baseball-card sets of the era. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
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