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1889 A35 Goodwin Round Album
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,640.00
The "Goodwin Round Album," as it is known in collecting circles, was available only by mail in exchange for coupons packed with Goodwin Tobacco. Presented is a complete set of all nine album pages featuring ballplayers, missing only the front and back covers (as is often the case with this rare album). The nine pages of the Round Album feature four pages each with a single beautiful full-color portrait (Anson, Kelly, Ward, and Comiskey), and five pages featuring four players each, including Hall of Famers Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, John Ward, and Jim O'Rourke in full-length poses. The reverse of each page contains player records and game schedules printed in blue. The outstanding graphics and its extreme rarity make it one of the premier nineteenth-century printed baseball items, and the most desirable of all pre-1900 tobacco premium albums. The Round Album has always been highly valued in any condition. Even back in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned a value of $10 to the Round Album, reflecting its status as one of baseball collecting's most valuable items. This was back when a T206 Wagner was listed at a then incredible $50. The values of most nineteenth-century baseball tobacco issues have soared over the past ten years. It is interesting to note that the Round Album, based on criteria as varied as rarity, beauty, players represented, and how incredibly substantial it is, now represents in the opinion of many serious collectors a tremendous value compared to other nineteenth-century baseball tobacco issues. All pages are bright, crisp, and clean. Seven pages are still attached by the original metal clasp, exactly as they have been since 1889. The seven pages include six with players plus one page with no players, featuring colorful advertising for Goodwin. Each album page has an additional eyelet punched on the right, opposite the eyelet for the clasp. We have no idea why this extra hole is there but it appears to be factory-made. The extra punch hole on all pages is perfectly punched, perfectly aligned, and identical to the punch hole for the clasp which is always found on the left. The Anson and Comiskey portrait pages have some light vertical creasing to the right of the clasp. This is very common with Round Album pages and results from bending the page open like a book as opposed to "fanning" pages as intended. The Ewing-Welch-Ward-Keefe and Mutrie-Whitney-Titcomb-Mascot "four-player" pages have been separated from the metal clasp, with tearing to the eyelet resulting in some very minor paper loss. Without reference to the extra punch hole in each page, the Anson and Comiskey pages grade Vg-Ex due to the light creasing, the two separated pages are in overall Good condition with minor paper loss, and the remaining six player pages plus one advertising page are all in Vg-Ex/Ex to Excellent condition. Diameter: 8 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,640.00
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