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Circa 1910 Notebook Cover Proofs Including Ty Cobb (4)

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $2,938

Collection of four uncatalogued circa 1910 Notebook Cover proofs featuring Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Rube Waddell, and non-Hall of Famer Lou Criger. In "the olden days," notebooks with stars such as Ty Cobb or Cy Young on their covers were very popular with youngsters at school. Many different cover designs exist; these four are from a series that features one of the most distinctive and striking designs. Covers from this series are all the more noteworthy as they have a strong "card-like" appearance, and are all the more similar to cards in that they are part of a set. All four covers in this group were originally part of an uncut proof sheet (27 x 30 inches) that surfaced many years ago, which included three examples of each player (15 covers in total), and has since been cut up and sold as individual items. (The sheet also featured Mathewson, which is not included in this group.) No other covers from this series have ever been seen. Each proof is printed in a striking blue color, with an image of the player in the center, surrounded by an elaborate baseball equipment design. The fact that no complete notebooks (with blank paper) featuring these covers are known suggests the possibility that they were not not produced, though it is also very possible that they were marketed and none have survived. They were not intended to be saved. To date, the single proof sheet of fifteen covers is all that is known to have survived. Technically each proof grades Vg due to creasing and a tiny tear or two on the edges, but they each have a far better Excellent appearance. Each proof has been encapsulated as Authentic by SGC. Pre-production proofs theoretically exist for many sets, but rarely survive. It is easy to see why these 1910-era Notebook Cover proofs are highly regarded. This is an extremely impressive collection of four of the five different known subjects in this set. Total 4 proofs. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,938


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