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1887-1914 Sample Card Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,233
Collection of six 1887 to 1910-era sample cards from four different classic sets: 1-2) 1887 N172 Old Judge: Caruthers/Brownie Champs (SGC VG/EX 50, photo a little light) and Smith/Balt. (1888 copyright, Vg, strong photo). 3) 1910 PC796 Sepia Postcard: Walter Johnson (graded SGC Authentic due to a very slight trim along the top border, Excellent appearance). The card is bright and clean, both front and back, with no creases, and light corner wear. The card has never been mailed and has no writing on its traditional postcard reverse. The manufacturer of this sepia-toned postcard series is unknown. The PC796 set is one of the most striking sets of the era. 4-5) 1911 D359 Williams Baking Phil. Athletics: Davis ("World's Champions" at top, Poor but still a nice looking card with a clean back, advertising on reverse) and Thomas ("World's Champions" at top, Poor, front is Good, reverse has some staining). The 18-card Williams Baking Philadelphia Athletics set was issued in 1911. D359s are among the rarest of all twentieth-century baking-company issues. Produced to commemorate the Athletics’ 1910 Championship season, the set features exclusively Athletics. The very same images were used for similar sets issued by Rochester Baking and Cullivan's Fireside Tobacco. This is a particularly rare set. 6) 1914 T222 Fatima: Burns (PSA EX-MT 6). Extremely high grade for this condition-sensitive issue. The thin photographic stock and fragile glossy surface of these unusual real-photo style cards make them especially susceptible to creasing. These individual player Fatima cards are much rarer than the T200 Fatima team cards. An extremely unusual assortment of rare, early sample cards. Total 6 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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