1917 D329 Weil Baking Co. #80 Rogers Hornsby Rookie Card

Sold For: $15,600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 749

Item Year: 1917

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG+ 45 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at any level by either PSA or SGC! Presented is an extremely attractive high-grade D329 Weil Baking Co. rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in a throwing pose. This is Rogers Hornsby's most desirable card and it is very rarely offered, especially in such outstanding condition. The image featured on this card is a unique throwing pose of Hornsby which appears only in the issues related to the Collins-McCarthy set. D329 Weil Baking shares the same black-and-white design and images with the E135 Collins-McCarthy set. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 M101-4/5 Sporting News set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public, and so are naturally much rarer, and were also larger than M101-4/5 cards. The D329 set was produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and has a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This striking example of Hornsby’s rookie card is perfectly bright and clean, with outstanding contrast, light, even wear to the corners, outstanding centering, and a virtually flawless surface (a tiny wrinkle is visible in the lower left under close inspection). The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed and perfectly centered advertisement. This is a magnificent example of the most significant of all Rogers Hornsby cards, his rookie card, which is of all the greater note as it is a rare card from an exceptionally high-quality set that dates from the late teens, a time during which very few card sets were issued. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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