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1906 Fan Craze National League Playing Card Complete Set (54)
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $5,220.00
Forty-three cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex condition (downgraded from Ex or Ex-Mt primarily due to slight toning and foxing), with the remaining eleven cards (M. Brown, Casey, Chance, Maloney, McGann, Phillippe, Pittinger, L. Taylor, Tenney, Wagner and Wiltsie) in ever so slightly lesser condition, each with a minor crease. This complete set of 54 playing cards feature what many collectors consider the finest portrait poses of turn-of-the-century ballplayers ever produced on baseball cards. Issued in 1906 by the Fan Craze Company of Cincinnati, these cards were designed as a deck of baseball game playing cards. Fourteen Hall of Famers are represented, including Honus Wagner, Brown, Duffy, McGraw, Hanlon, Kelley, Clarke, Nichols, Chance, Bresnahan, McGinnity, Beckley, Huggins, and Willis. Also included is National League President Harry Pulliam. The Fan Craze set has a special significance to collectors, as it is one of the few sets issued in the earliest years of the twentieth century, and the set includes many players who appear in no other card sets. Because of its year of issue, it is also one of the few sets which includes a blend of 1910 era stars along with players who made their mark in the nineteenth century, such as Joe Kelley and Jake Beckley, who in 1906 were just winding down their playing careers. The original box and the game board are also included, and are in Good condition. This spectacular prewar set is one of the few, and one of the most important, issues of the era, and in the opinion of many represents one of the best values of all cards issued in the early 1900s. Total 54 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $5,220.00
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