1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #80 Rogers Hornsby Rookie

Sold For: $19,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 951

Item Year: 1917

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Graded VG 3 by PSA (submitted by REA). This is one of only two examples graded at this level with just one graded higher. Presented is an extremely attractive high-grade E135 Collins-McCarthy rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in a throwing pose. This is Rogers Hornsby's most desirable card and it is very rarely offered, especially in such outstanding condition. In fact, this is only the third example that we have offered in the last fifteen years! The image featured on this card is a unique throwing pose of Hornsby which appears only in the Collins-McCarthy set (and related issues). Issued in 1917 by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of San Francisco, the 200-card black-and-white E135 set was the company's only venture into issuing cards of Major Leaguers. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 M101-4/5 Sporting News set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public, and so are naturally much rarer, and were also larger than M101-4/5 cards. The E135 set was produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and has a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This striking example of Hornsby’s rookie card is perfectly bright and clean, with a virtually flawless surface (a very faint wrinkle is evident upon close inspection), outstanding contrast, even wear on the corners, and near-perfect centering. The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed advertisement. This is a magnificent example of the most significant of all Rogers Hornsby cards, his rookie card, which is of all the greater note as it is a rare card from an exceptionally high quality set that dates from the late teens, a time during which very few card sets were issued. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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