1908 T226 Red Sun Boxers SGC-Graded Partial Set (39/50)

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2295

Item Year: 1908

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Collection of thirty-nine different (of the fifty in the set) extremely rare 1908 T226 Red Sun Pugilistic Subjects cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. This is an outstanding and very sharp-looking group, with even the lesser-graded cards having a far better appearance than the assigned SGC grades might suggest. We have never even seen a set of T226 presented for sale or auction, and large collections of this rare issue are virtually unheard of. (In fact, to the best of our knowledge, no one has ever completed the T226 Red Sun Boxers Tobacco set. With thirty-nine of the fifty cards, of course, this collection is very close.) This is an incredible offering! SGC Grading Composite: EX+ 70 (2 cards): Baldwin and McGovern. EX 60 (9 cards): Brannigan, Burke, Gardner, Marto, Mellody, Moran, Murphy, Stewart, and J. Sullivan. VG/EX 50 (5 cards): Griffin, W. Lewis, B. Nelson, Russell, and M. Sullivan. VG 40 (10 cards): Corbett, Donahoe, Gannon, Hayes, Hyland, Ketchel, Keyes, Loughrey, Nitchie, and Wolgast. GOOD 30 (6 cards): Brown, O'Keefe, E. Walsh, J. Walsh, Willette, and Willetts. FAIR 20 (3 cards): Coulon, Goodman, and Papke. POOR 10 (4 cards): Attell, Jeffries, Kaufman, and West. Missing just the following eleven cards for completion: Cross, Driscoll, Gans, Jeannette, Johnson, Langford, H. Lewis, D. Nelson, O'Brien, Stone, and T. Sullivan. Compared to baseball cards of the era, these early boxing cards (which are among the rarest of all early boxing cards) represent a particularly outstanding value. The outstanding condition of these cards is as remarkable as actually having assembled thirty-nine of the fifty cards in the T226 set. The green borders of T226 Red Sun Boxers naturally make them very susceptible to wear, and (like T211 Red Sun ballplayers) they are rarely found in high grade. This is an extraordinary near set of one of the rarest and most highly prized of all early boxing-card issues. Total: 39 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.

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