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1888-1936 Chess Champions Card Collection (13) Including Three N162 Goodwins
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00
Chess Champions are the unsung intellectual heroes of the sporting world. What kid in America has not been perplexed, at least for a moment, at the coverage of this sedentary activity in the sporting pages of The New York Times, with checkmate moves detailed alongside coverage of the latest championship fight, football games, or World Series. Obviously, there's something nonplayers don't know about the noble game of chess. The rough 'n' tumble sporting status of chess champions has been recognized at least as far back as the 1880s, when chess greats appeared in the N162 Old Judge & Gypsy Queen Champions set along with fighters, oarsmen, baseball players, and even the strongest man in the world. Presented is a collection of thirteen different cards, all related to the game of chess, spanning the years 1888 to 1936, representing seven different issues: 1) 1876-1877 James Mortimer CDV published by Fradelle & Marshall photographers of London, England. Pencil notations on the reverse identify Mortimer. Near Mint condition. 2) 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions (3 cards, representing the complete set of chess players in the set): MacKenzie (SGC EX+ 70), Steinitz (SGC EX 60), and Zukertort (SGC EX+ 70). 3) Circa 1924 Cigarros Aguilitas (Cuba): #25 Capablanca (Ex-Mt). 4) 1925 Turf Cigarettes "Sports Records": #34 chess (Vg). Issued in England by Alexander Boguslavsky Ltd in 1925. The front of the card pictures George A. Thomas, Bart., who successfully played against 32 different opponents at the same time. 5) 1926 Spalding "Sports Company of America": Lasker (back damage, otherwise Vg). 6) 1929 "Die Welt In Bildern" (The World In Pictures) Tobacco Cards (5 cards): Rubinstein, Grunfeld & Bogoljubow (Ex), Aljechin, Niemzowitsch & Tietz (Ex), Samisch & Spielmann (Ex-Mt), Dr. Emanuel Lasker (Ex-Mt), and Capablanca (Vg-Ex). This set was issued in Germany by Zigaretten-Industrie. 7) 1936 Ogden's "Champions of 1936": #14 Dr. Max Euwe (Ex-Mt). Issued in Great Britain and Ireland by Ogden's branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company, Ltd. Total 13 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $812.00
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