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1906 Fan Craze American League Playing Cards Near-Complete Set (48/51)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938
Forty-one cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex condition (downgraded from Ex or Ex-Mt due to slight wear); the remaining seven cards (Bay, Crawford, Freeman, Holmes, Jones, Owen, and Winters) are Vg due to a minor crease (except for Crawford which is poor due to having a tear down the center). These cards were well cared for but show just a little wear from seeing normal use as intended. This complete set (minus three cards; Johnson, Mack, and McAleer) of 48 playing cards features what many collectors consider the finest portrait poses of turn-of-the-century ballplayers ever produced on baseball cards. Issued in 1906 by the Fan Craze Company of Cincinnati, these cards were designed as a deck of baseball-game playing cards. We have selected three key cards to be graded by SGC. Fourteen Hall of Famers are represented, including: Cy Young (SGC VG/EX 50), Plank, Lajoie, Bender, Chesbro, J. Collins (SGC EX 60), Crawford, Flick, Griffith, Joss (SGC VG/EX 50), Keeler, Waddell, and Wallace. The Fan Craze set has a special significance to collectors, as it is one of the few sets issued in the earliest years of the twentieth century, and the set includes many players who appear in no other card sets. Because of its year of issue, it is also one of the few sets which includes a blend of 1910-era stars along with players who made their mark in the nineteenth century. The original box is included, and is in Good condition (the lid is missing one side panel). It has been a long time since we offered a set (minus 3) of the American League series, which is seen far less than the National League series. This spectacular prewar set is one of the few, and one of the most important, issues of the era, and in the opinion of many represents one of the best values of all cards issued in the early 1900s. Total: 50 items (48 cards, original box, and "title" card). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,938
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