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1914 B18 Blankets Collection (78) Plus Sewn Blanket (32)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
Collection of seventy-eight B18 blankets (comprised of sixty-eight different plus ten duplicates) ranges in grade from Vg-Ex to Nr/Mt, averaging Ex overall, with the exception of nine blankets which grade Good to Vg due to colors bleeding in the fabric, including Joe Jackson (purple) and Walter Johnson (green). Accompanied by an additional thirty-two blankets which have been sewn together into a pillowcase. These 5-1/4 inch squares of "flannel baseball cards" were issued in 1914, with several popular brands of tobacco. They are referred to as "blankets" because they were meant to be sewn together to create bed covers, pillowcases, etc. Often overlooked by collectors, B18s are beginning to be recognized both for their scarcity, and for the exceptional value they represent compared to many other 1910-era baseball tobacco issues. 1) The collection of seventy-eight individual B18 blankets includes the following: (color refers to pennants, infield, or basepaths, per The Standard Catalog checklist): Ainsmith (green), Austin (purple), Baker (white), Bauman (white), Burns (2 green), Cavanaugh (white), Chance (green and brown), Cole (blue and green), Connolly (white and brown), Coveleski (white), Cutshaw (green), Demmitt (white and brown), Doyle (brown and green), Fletcher (green), Gainor (2 white), Gandil (2 green), Gowdy (white and brown), Grant (green), Griffith (2 white and brown), Hamilton (purple), Hartzell (blue and green), Hummel (green), James (white), Keating (blue), Maisel (green), Mann (white and brown), Maranville (white), McBride (2 brown and green), Milan (green), D. Miller (purple), O. Miller (2 blue), Moeller (brown and green), Morgan (green), Moriarity (white and brown), Murray (green), Perdue (white), Rucker (blue), Sallee (purple), Shanks (brown and white), Smith (green), Snodgrass (2 green), Steele (purple), Sweeney (2 blue and green), Tesreau (green), Tyler (2 white), Wagner (2 blue), Walsh (blue and green), Whaling (white), Wheat (blue and green), Wiltse (green). 2) Pillowcase: The seventy-eight individual blankets are accompanied by a double-sided pillowcase which is comprised of thirty-two additional B18 blankets, which have been expertly sewn together. The B18s on the pillowcase include Ty Cobb (white), Ed Walsh (3 blue and green), Gandil (white), and Griffith (white). This is a beautifully sewn folk-art display piece utilizing B18s for their intended purpose, dating from the time of issue. The pillowcase is in Excellent condition. Total 110 B18 blankets (78 individual plus 32 additioanl sewn together in pillowcase). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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