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1889 N338-2 S. F. Hess Buck Ewing
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $8,225.00
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Extremely rare sample card of Hall of Famer Buck Ewing from the S. F. Hess tobacco set, one of the most elusive of all pre-1900 card issues. The S. F. Hess series features primarily New York Giants players. Of the twenty-three subjects known to date, sixteen are members of the Giants, champions of the National League in 1888 and 1889. This is an extremely desirable example of Buck Ewing, one of the key Hall of Famers in the set, and one of only two or three S. F. Hess Ewing cards known to exist. A little general wear and light rounding to the corners. This is a solid Good to Very Good condition card that has been downgraded to Fair by SGC due to a small area of surface paper loss on the blank reverse. (This type of minor back damage often "comes with the territory" when dealing with pre-1900 cards.) This is a prize example of a key Hall of Famer from N338-2 S. F. Hess Cigarettes, one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball card sets. The only other example of Ewing we have ever offered was sold by REA in April 2006. That example, graded Good by SGC, had slightly better contrast but far inferior centering, and sold for $13,920. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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