1888 E223 G & B Chewing Gum Charlie Getzein Throwing

Sold For: $9,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 83

Item Year: 1888

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

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. The only example graded by SGC! Exceptional G & B Chewing Gum sample of Charlie Getzein of the Detroit Wolverines. 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. The offered example presents with outstanding image clarity, light wear to the corners, and no creases. A very small area of paper loss on the front extends from the left edge toward the bottom, and does not affect the player image. The blank reverse also displays a small area of adhesive residue and a tiny spot of paper loss, both 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. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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