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N174 Gypsy Queen and N332 S.F. Hess Boxers Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,450.00
Collection of five extraordinarily rare and high-grade nineteenth-century boxing tobacco cards: 1) N174 Gypsy Queen Boxer George Godfrey. Graded by PSA EX-MT 6. Perfectly clean front and back. We grade this card at least Nr/Mt. 2) N174 Gypsy Queen Boxer George La Blanche. Graded by PSA EX-MT 6. Perfectly clean front and back, sharp corners. We grade this card Nr/Mt-Mt. 3) N174 Gypsy Patsy Cardiff. Graded by PSA EX-MT 6 (MK). The "MK" qualifier refers to a period purple ink stamp printing on the reverse which reads "H.P. Jones representing Mau, Sadler & Co., 9 to 15 Beale St., San Francisco, Cal." Mau, Sadler & Company was a tobacco and food wholesale company based in San Francisco. The stamped imprint on the reverse is an extremely desirable stamp to appear on the reverse, dating from and directly related to the issue. We grade this card Nr/Mt-Mt. 4) N174 Gypsy Queen Boxer Dominick McCaffrey. Graded by PSA Good 2 (MK). The "MK" refers to San Francisco tobacco wholesaler Mau, Sadler & Co. on reverse, as with previous example. These are the first examples we have ever seen or heard of with this extremely significant printing on reverse. This card has a Nr/Mt-Mt appearance, but has been severely downgraded by PSA due to a single very light, virtually undetectable horizontal crease, and a very tiny surface pin-prick scratch on McCaffrey's left knee. 5) N332 S.F. Hess Boxer Pat Killen. Graded by PSA EX 5. Perfectly clean, front and back. Three corners extremely sharp, one corner a little soft but still square. We grade this card Nr/Mt. This is an extraordinary group of tobacco card rarities, in phenomenally high grade. If these were nineteenth-century baseball cards of similar rarity and condition, these five cards might approach or even exceed a value of $50,000. One of the most incredible small finds of nineteenth-century boxing cards to ever surface, with each of the five cards in this lot an extraordinary high-grade extreme rarity. Total 5 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,450.00
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