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1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Complete Set of Baseball Players PSA/SGC-Graded (8)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $15,080.00
Complete set of all eight baseball players from the 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions set, considered by many to be the single most beautiful of all the nineteenth-century tobacco issues. The SGC and PSA grades in this set range from Fair to Ex-Mt condition (one EX-MT, one EX+, two EX, two Good, and two Fair), though even the lowest-graded cards in this set are extremely sharp-looking cards which have been very harshly graded due to minor faults. Six cards have been graded by SGC (Anson, Keefe, Caruthers, Dunlap, Glasscock, Andrews) and two graded by PSA (Kelly and Brouthers). This set is highlighted by gorgeous high-grade examples of several of the key Hall of Famers in the set, including Kelly, Keefe, and Brouthers. Of the eight ballplayers in the set, four are Hall of Famers (Anson, Brouthers, Keefe, Kelly) and three others were major stars of the day (Caruthers, Dunlap, Glasscock). Ed Andrews was very popular in Philadelphia but was not a star. In the following condition report, we have tried to provide additional detail regarding precisely why each of the four lower graded cards was so harshly graded, to best communicate the far superior appearance of these cards relative to the assigned grades. All eight cards can be viewed front and back online. Condition Report: Cap Anson (SGC FAIR 20, this card has a strong Vg-Ex appearance and has been severely downgraded by SGC due to some period ink stamps on the reverse, a flaw which is not uncommon with ninteenth-century insert cards), Mike Kelly (PSA EX-MT 6), Tim Keefe (SGC EX 60), Dan Brouthers (PSA EX 5), Bob Caruthers (SGC GOOD 30, downgraded due to very light horizontal surface creasing, some minor staining on reverse, and a tiny chip in the upper left corner of the reverse, still a very nice looking card), Dunlap (SGC FAIR 20, front is EX, downgraded due to the remnants of a stamp hinge and a small area of surface paper loss to reverse), Jack Glasscock (SGC EX+ 70), and Ed Andrews (SGC GOOD 30, Vg-Ex appearance, downgraded due to extremely minor scattered paper loss to reverse, probably from long ago being removed from an album). This lot offers a rare opportunity to acquire a complete set of one of the most desirable of all nineteenth-century baseball card issues, with four key cards in exceptionally high grade, and four cards in low grade, but each with an appearance far superior to its assigned grade. This is a nice looking set! Total 8 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $15,080.00
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