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1888 "Scrapps" Complete SGC-Graded Set (18)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $13,920.00
Presented is a very rarely offered complete set of 1888 "Scrapps." This uniquely designed set features nine players from the American Association's legendary St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the Detroit Wolverines. Only a few complete sets of Scrapps have ever been assembled. This particular set, for this issue, is in extraordinarily high grade. This is a beautifully assembled complete set of all eighteen cards from this very colorful and unusual nineteenth-century die-cut issue. Many times these cards are found with glue staining seriously affecting the fronts of the cards. This set is remarkable in that every card in the set is virtually completely free of all obverse staining. These cards were intended to be glued into scrapbooks and almost always have glue stains or paper residue on their reverses. The minor reverse glue stains are responsible for SGC grading these cards very harshly. All have an appearance superior to their assigned grades, in many cases far superior. Fourteen of the eighteen cards have been encapsulated and graded by SGC: One NM/MT 88: J. L. White. Two EX/NM 80: Wm. Gleason and James O'Neill. Three VG/EX 50: A. J. Bushong, Wm. Robinson, Curtis Welch. Two VG 40: Dan Brouthers and David Foutz. Five GOOD 30: C. W. Bennett, Robert Caruthers, Charles Comiskey, F. Dunlap, Walter Latham. One POOR 10: J. C. Rowe. Four Ungraded: Hanlon, Richardson, and Thompson were not graded due to minute evidence of recoloring (an area smaller than a pinhead on each card). Getzein was not graded due to a tiny quarter-inch tear which has been repaired (detectable only from the reverse). The four ungraded cards each have an Excellent appearance with the exception of Thompson, which has a Very Good appearance. This set features nine players from the American Association's St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the National League's Detroit Champions of 1887. These two teams met in the Worlds Championship Series of 1887 ( a forerunner to today's modern World Series) immediately following the regular season. Detroit (then known as the Wolverines) won the fifteen-game series ten games to five and were declared "Champions of the World." This is one of the few full-color baseball issues from before 1900 and also of the most unusual and displayable of all early baseball card sets. Extremely rare to find as a complete set, this is one of the few complete set of "Scrapps" that we have ever seen and we would be very safe in estimating that fewer that ten complete sets of this rare and significant issue are known in the hobby today. Total 18 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $13,920.00
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