The beautiful lithography, the great number of stars represented, and the unique design of T202 Hassan Triple Folders combine to make it one of the most highly regarded of all baseball-card sets of the era. Offered is a beautiful partial set consisting of seventy different cards (out of 132 in a complete set), highlighted by twenty cards featuring Hall of Famers, including Cy Young and three Tris Speaker cards. These cards are part of a near-complete set consigned to this auction, which has been broken down into several different lots by condition. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC. SGC is notoriously hard on T202s, due to the "spider creases" which naturally occur along the folds of the side panels, as well as roller marks that are so common to the issue. These natural manufacturing flaws sometimes result in particularly harsh grading. The offered partial set is in superb condition for T202s, comprised of thirty-seven EX/NM 80s, thirteen EX+ 70s, fifteen EX 60s, and five VG/EX 50s. This is one of the finest collections of T202s we have ever seen, with many of cards presenting even nicer than suggested by their already impressive grades.
T202s are unnumbered. In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. SGC Grading Composite: EX/NM 80 (37 cards): #1 Wallace/Laporte (HOF), 2 Wallace/Pelty (HOF), 13, 17, 19, 22 Gibson/Clarke (HOF), 23, 25 Wolter/Chase, 26 Chase/Wolter, 28, 34 Walsh/Payne (HOF), 35, 37, 40 Murphy/Collins (HOF), 42, 49, 53, 54, 58, 60 Archer/Evers (HOF), 71, 73, 75, 76 Stahl/Cicotte (Black Sox), 90 Lobert/Young (HOF), 92, 93, 95, 98, 102, 108, 109, 111, 115 Barry/Baker (HOF), 117, 127 Marquard/Meyers (HOF), and 132 Wheat/Dahlen (HOF). EX+ 70 (13 cards): #7, 36 Wood/Speaker (HOF), 41, 43, 57, 72 Lennox/Tinker (HOF), 96, 106 Wood/Speaker (HOF), 107 Speaker/Engle (HOF), 112, 113, 114, and 121. EX 60 (15 cards): #8 Collins/Baker (HOF), 10 Birmingham/Turner, 11, 18, 21 Wolter/Chase, 38 Byrne/Clarke (HOF), 39 Collins/Baker (HOF), 50, 52, 62, 64 Tinker/Chance (HOF), 77, 94, 122 (Lionel Carter Collection), and 128. VG/EX 50 (5 cards): #30 Barry/Baker (HOF), 67, 74, 83 Marquard/Meyers (HOF), and 124.
This collection represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire a tremendous foundation for a complete set. It is also rare to have several such high grade and comprehensive offerings in the same auction. This is one of the finest collections of Triple Folders Robert Edward Auctions has ever had the privilege of offering. The equivalent SMR value is $21,750 (factoring in the thirteen half-grades at the lower whole-grade level). Total: 70 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++.
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