1912 H813-1 Boston Garter Roger Bresnahan - Newly Discovered!

Sold For: $33,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 906

Item Year: 1912

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Extraordinary 1912 Boston Garter of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan. The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog, these cards are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are sixteen cards to the set (each team is represented by one player.) It is a privilege for Robert Edward Auctions to offer one of the key Hall of Famers, Roger Bresnahan, from this extraordinary set. This is the only example of Bresnahan that we have ever seen! It is entirely new to the hobby, originating from a noncollector on the east coast. We estimate that there are fewer than thirty examples of 1912 Boston Garters known to exist in the entire collecting world! 1912 Boston Garters are quite unique in that each features a player in the dugout, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying their Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers warming up. On this magnificent example, Bresnahan is resting his foot atop his traveling suitcase near an open window with a baseball field in the distance. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball card sets ever issued. The offered large-format card of Bresnahan measures 4 x 8.25 inches. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC, this example is bright and crisp, with bold colors. Near-perfect centering and even wear on the two upper corners and heavy wear on the two lower corners. Various flaws include a few unobtrusive creases, surface chipping on the bottom and right borders, and a clear tape repair to the lower right corner (the corner has broken off and is being held by tape). The reverse of the card is boldly printed with a complete checklist of the set listed. The back has some surface chipping on the top and left edges and also a red ink mark in the center. Despite the technical flaws, this card possesses outstanding visual appeal and displays extremely well. This card would be a highlight in even the most advanced card collection in the world. It may also represent the only example in existence of Roger Bresnahan from the legendary 1912 Boston Garter set. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).

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