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1888-1970 Unusual Baseball Card "Shoe box" Collection (214)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,581.25
And now for something completely different...This unique assemblage may "take the cake" for the most unusual and eclectic vintage card "shoe box" collection we have ever offered. Presented is an extremely diverse collection of 214 assorted cards (mostly different but includes a few duplicates), dating from 1888 to circa 1970, with many Hall of Famers, including representation from twenty-seven different issues. This is a fascinating selection of vintage cards, spanning many grades (mostly low-grade) including cards from many popular issues and also from many obscure issues. The "green-bordered T205s" are in very low-grade but are particularly interesting (see section #7 below). 1) 1888 N48/N508 Allen & Ginter Girl Baseball Players (Dixie Cigarettes): #1 Stealing Second (Vg-Ex, blank back). 2) 1888 N88 Duke's "Terrors of America" (slightly larger N88a type): "Ain't She a Beauty." This issue depicts colorful illustrations of American youngsters playing various outdoor games including baseball. 3) 1889 N165 Goodwin "Games and Sports Series" (5 cards): Five cards from this popular mixed sports issue including all four baseball cards in the set and one football card, all grading Vg-Ex overall. One of the few pre-1900 full-color sports-related tobacco sets. This set features generic ballplayer scenes with portraits of women ballplayers in the foreground and is all the more distinctive in that the illustrations are not comical. 4) 1909 T212 Obak (2 cards): Haley (no left border, otherwise Ex) and Whalen (Vg-Ex). 5) 1909-1910 E97 C.A. Briggs Co.: Schlei (Pr). 6) 1909-1911 T206 White Border (17 cards): All grade Poor including Hall of Famers Fred Clarke (bat), Addie Joss (pitching), Christy Mathewson (dark cap), and John McGraw (cap). 7) 1911 T205 Gold Border (67 cards): All grade Poor including Hall of Famers Roger Bresnahan, Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Clark Griffith, Miller Huggins, Walter Johnson, Zach Wheat, and Cy Young; also includes Ed Cicotte ("Black Sox"), and Barger (partial "B"), Hanford (minor leaguer), Nee (minor leaguer), Sweeney, Wagner. Almost all of these T205 cards appear to have green borders, as opposed to gold borders. At first we thought they were just so rough that the color of the borders had somehow "worn" them to be an unusual color, but close inspection leads us to believe that these cards may have never had the gold borders applied, and that the green color on the borders of these cards is simply the natural border color before the application of gold. Many of these cards appear to be hand-cut (though this is not immediately obvious because they are in such low grade) supporting the theory that these cards are printer's scraps, or were long ago handcut from a sheet which did not yet have the gold applied to the borders. These may be the "sleeper" of the lot for some collectors. 8) 1911 M116 Sporting Life (10 cards): Harmon (Vg), Jennings (HOF, Gd-Vg), Mack (HOF, Gd), McInnes (Vg), five Scott (one Vg, two Gd-Vg, and two Pr-Fr), Walsh (Vg). 9) 1911 S74 Silks (25 silks): Condition ranges from Vg-Ex to Ex. Consists of: Ames, Becker, Bridwell, Chance (HOF, white), Clarke (HOF, white), Crandall, Devlin, Devore, Doyle, Fletcher, Marquard (HOF, white), McGraw (HOF), McIntire (white), Meyers, Murphy, Murray, two Oldring, Raymond, Schlei, Schulte (white), Shean, Snodgrass, Titus (white), Wiltse. 10) 1911 T3 Turkey Red (2 cards): #102 Kling (Gd) and 124 Wallace (HOF, Turkey Red back, Gd). 11) 1911 T332 Helmar Stamps (38 stamps): Condition ranges from Fr-Gd to Ex (averaging Vg overall). Includes: Archer, Austin, Beck, Bliss, Bresnahan (HOF), Bridwell, Camnitz, Cicotte ("Black Sox"), Delahanty, Devlin, Devore, Donovan, Drucke, Ferry, Gibson, Grant, Hummel, Jones, Knabe, Krause, Lobert, McBride, McLean, Miller, Oldring, Phelps, Powell, Rowan, Schaefer, Shafer, Shean, Stovall, Tannehill, Turner, Wilson, Wiltse, Wolverton. 12) 1913 T200 Fatima Team: Pittsburgh Nationals with Honus Wagner (Pr-Fr). 13) 1914 T330-2 Piedmont Art Stamp (2 stamps): Byrne (Gd) and Milan (has tear but very attractive Good appearance). 14) 1919-1921 W514 (20 cards): two #1 Flagstead (both Gd), three 4 Lavan (two Vg and Pr), four 5 Douglas (Vg, Gd, and two Pr), 9 Hendrix (Pr), two 25 Eddie Collins (HOF, Vg-Ex and Gd), 30 Bush (Pr-Fr), two 40a Dave Bancroft (Quakers, HOF, Vg and Gd), two 52 John McGraw (HOF, both Gd), two 56 Roger Hornsby (Rogers, HOF, both Gd), 105 Swede Risberg ("Black Sox," Pr). 15) 1920 W516-1 (4 cards): #17 Nehf (Pr-Fr), 18 Adams (Pr-Fr), 23 Eddie Collins (HOF, Gd-Vg), 29 Ed Rousch (Roush, HOF, Gd-Vg). 16) 1920 W516-1-2 (4 cards): #3 Bodie (Pr), two 6 Ty Cobb (HOF, Vg and Pr-Fr), 8 Walter Johnson (HOF, Vg-Ex). 17) 1921-1922 W575-1: Snyder (Ex). 18) 1922 Eastern Exhibit Supply Co.: Babe Ruth (Vg). 19) 1926 Spalding: Babe Ruth (irregular hand-cut, otherwise Gd). 20) 1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream: #56 Peckinpaugh (Gd-Vg). 21) 1929 R316 Kashin Publications: Babe Ruth (the borders have been completely trimmed away, otherwise Vg). 22) 1948 American Association Babe Ruth: Issued shortly after Ruth's death this black-and-white card measures 4 x 5-11/16 inches. Vg condition. 23) 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Card: These team cards were given as souvenirs to purchasers of war bonds during the "Dodgers Spring Offensive War Bond Campaign" in 1943. Excellent condition. 24) Circa 1940s Navy Postcard: Great real-photo postcard depicts navy sailors playing baseball on the deck of their ship. The caption along the bottom reads, "A Baseball Game where Babe Ruths are not allowed." Excellent . 25)Circa 1909 Hughie Jennings Cigar Box Label: Attractive cigar box label (8.75 x 7 inches) features Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings in his classic one-legged pose. There was a find of these many years ago. Excellent condition. 26) Circa 1970s Babe Ruth Photo Postcards (3 cards): Three glossy black-and-white postcards featuring the great "Bambino." Each measures 5.5 x 7 inches. One pictures him sliding into home plate, one shows him sitting on the dugout steps with a pile of bats in front of him, and the other is a split image with one side showing him in a throwing pose wearing a Red Sox uniform and the other side features him in Yankee pinstripes in a swing-thru pose. 27) Circa 1890 Boxing Cabinets (2 cabinets): Two early boxing cabinets (one is a Newsboy cabinet) featuring Hall of Famers Jim Corbett (Newsboy, Vg-Ex) and Bob Fitzsimmons (Gd-Vg). Total 214 items. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
Additional image is available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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