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1888 "Scrapps" St. Louis Browns and Detroit Wolverines Complete SGC-Graded Set (18)
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $3,525
Presented is a very rarely offered complete set of 1888 "Scrapps." This uniquely designed set features nine players from the American Association's legendary St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the Detroit Wolverines. We have seen very few sets of "Scrapps" over the years, and of these few sets, this is certainly among the finest. This particular set, for this issue, is in extraordinarily high grade. These cards were intended to be glued into scrapbooks and almost always have glue stains or paper residue on their reverses. The minor reverse glue stains are responsible for SGC grading these cards very harshly. All have an appearance superior to their assigned grades, in many cases far superior. This is a beautifully assembled complete set of all eighteen cards from this very colorful and unusual nineteenth-century die-cut issue, put together by an extremely experienced old-time collector with an eye for quality and condition. All eighteen cards have been encapsulated and graded by SGC (except two Beckett): Six VG 40: Dan Brouthers (HOF), A. J. Bushong, David Foutz, Wm. Gleason, Curtis Welch, and J. L. White. Three GOOD 30: Robert Caruthers, Richardson, and Sam Thompson (HOF, BVG GOOD 2). Six FAIR 20: Charles Comiskey (HOF), F. Dunlap, C. H. Getzen, Walter Latham, James O'Neill, and Wm. Robinson. Three POOR 10: C. W. Bennett (BVG POOR 1), Ed Hanlon (HOF), and J. C. Rowe. The "Scrapps" set is really comprised of two nine-card subsets, featuring nine players from the 1887 American Association's champion St. Louis Browns and nine players from the 1887 National League's champion Detroit Wolverines. These two teams met in the World's Championship Series of 1887 (a forerunner to today's modern World Series) immediately following the regular season. Detroit (then known as the Wolverines) won the fifteen-game series ten games to five and were declared "Champions of the World." This is one of the few full-color baseball issues from before 1900 and also of the most unusual and displayable of all early baseball-card sets. Total: 18 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525
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