Extremely Rare 1913 Oakland Oaks Team Issue Ashley Pope

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 936

Item Year: 1913

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at any level by SGC! Presented is an extremely rare sample card of Ashley Pope from the 1913 Oakland Oaks Team series. This is only the second time we have ever offered an example from this rare issue! The manufacturer of this 20-card set (as checklisted in The Standard Catalog) is unknown. Each card in the set measures 2 x 3-5/8 inches, features full-length player poses, on a sepia-toned background, and is composed exclusively of players of the Oakland Oaks from the Pacific Coast League. Although no manufacturer is noted on the card, Mark Macrae, who in our eyes is the single most knowledgeable of all PCL card experts, makes an extremely compelling case that the set was in fact issued by the Cardinet Candy Company of Oakland, one of the largest candy companies in Oakland at the time. Among the many points noted to support this theory are these: 1) The players featured are all from Oakland. 2) Samples from this series are usually found in period collections of Obaks and Zeenuts and in East Bay estates. 3) Cardinet’s advertisements for “Baffle Bar” are found along the outfield walls at Emeryville Ballpark (as well as at other West Coast ballparks of the era). 4) Cardinet marketed a candy bar called “Texas Tommy,” which featured cards of Major League ballplayers in 1914, confirming that Cardinet had an interest in marketing baseball. 5) A piece of printer’s scrap is known to exist (a printer's scrap "Rosetta Stone") that is also supportive of this theory: On one side of the printer's scrap is a final version of Leard from this Oakland Oaks Team Issue set. On the reverse is an unknown major leaguer in the style of a Texas Tommy card. This extremely rare sample card is perfectly clean, front and back, with light, even wear on the corners, a light crease in the upper left, and a paper pinch on the upper right edge. The blank reverse is also perfectly clean. This is a very attractive example, ideal for the serious PCL or sample-card collector, from one of the rarest of all 1910-era issues. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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