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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet George Davis

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,050.00

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Newly discovered example of George Davis from the extremely rare 1894 N142 Duke cabinet series. This card is part of an exciting recent find of three N142 Duke cabinet cards which have been saved by a Pennsylvania family since the time of issue. The great-great-grandfather of our consignor owned a general store which sold tobacco, and he believes this may be related to why these happened to be saved. Duke cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors. Even in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned them a value of $5 each, making them the highest-priced baseball card issue in the entire American Card Catalog. Duke cabinet cards, which advertise Duke's Honest tobacco brand in the lower left, are among the most impressive and desirable of all pre-1900 issues. They are one of the few full-color pre-1900 issues, and the only full color pre-1900 cabinet card issue. In addition, they were issued in an era (mid-1890s) in which there were very few baseball card sets, making this issue all the more significant to card collectors. There are only four ballplayers in this set. Offered is a magnificent example from this legendary set: Hall of Famer George Davis. Davis was one of the premier shortstops of his day, and at the time this card was issued he was a member of the New York Giants. Upon close inspection the card has some extremely light staining along the right border (for some unknown reason this is common with Dukes), and virtually no wear to the edges and corners. Some light shading on the blank reverse. Very clean and with flawless bold colors. This is an extremely impressive looking card which aside from the most minor faults has an otherwise overall Excellent appearance. It is a bright, crisp, and very attractive Hall of Famer example from one of card collecting's rarest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet card issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050.00


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