1888 E223 G & B Chewing Gum Doggie Miller

Sold For: $5,100

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 76

Item Year: 1888

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Exceptional G & B Chewing Gum sample of Doggie Miller of the Pittsburgh Nationals. Their small size (1 x 2.25 inches) and the fact that G & Bs were issued with gum, as opposed to tobacco, make this set one of the most distinctive of all pre-1900 baseball-card issues. G & Bs are also one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century issues. This is a particularly attractive example! As can be easily seen, it has an appearance that is far superior to its modest technical SGC grade. Graded POOR 10 by SGC due to back damage from album removal, this example has a magnificent Vg-Ex appearance from the front, with outstanding image clarity, even wear to the corners, and no major creases (with only a couple faint surfaces wrinkles in the upper and lower right corners). The blank reverse displays remnants of scrapbook removal (as previously noted), which is extremely common among nineteenth-century cards. G & Bs were issued in two styles: featuring photographic portraits of ballplayers or woodcut "line drawing" illustrations. This is an outstanding woodcut "line drawing" style sample in extremely strong condition from this highly regarded and very rare set. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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