1943 R302-1 M. P. & Co. Complete Set (24)

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1106

Item Year: 1943

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is a 1943 R302-1 M. P. & Co. series complete 24-card set. R302s are one of the few baseball-card sets issued during World War II. Manufactured by Michael Pressner and Co. of New York, the set was produced in strips and is described in the Standard Catalog as featuring "crude color drawings that bear little resemblance to the player named." It is likely for this reason that these cards have long been underappreciated by collectors despite their relative scarcity. While we understand their shortcomings, personally, we love these cards, and we know we are not alone. They have character! So many sets are similar, but one will never mistake an M.P. & Co. series card for any other issue! The condition is one Ex, five Vg-Ex, five Vg, eleven Gd, and two Pr. Keys: Boudreau (Pr), Cronin (Ex), Dickey (Gd), DiMaggio (Vg+), Feller (Gd), Foxx (Gd), Greenberg (Gd), Hubbell (Vg-Ex), Medwick (Pr), Mize (Gd+), Ott (Gd), Reese (Gd), Ruffing (Vg+), and Williams (Gd+). Many of the cards feature uneven edges due to having been originally issued in strips; this has not been factored into their grades. An attractive complete set from this unusual 1940s issue. Total: 24 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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