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Circa 1910 Baseball Postcard Collection with Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231
Collection of eight baseball postcards dating from 1908 through 1911, all high-quality examples, each featuring a prominent player from the era, including four Hall of Famers: Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Ed Walsh, and Eddie Plank. All of the postcards measure 3 x 5 inches. 1) 1908 Brush Automobile Advertising Postcard Series: Schaefer and O'Leary. The two players are pictured in a Brush automobile. Captioned "These are the twins that never grow weary/We all like Schaefer and Charlie O'Leary." No inscription on reverse; never mailed. Moderate, uneven toning on front and reverse. Diagonal crease in lower right corner. Vg. 2-3) 1908 Chicago "$-Sheild" Postcards (2): Johnny Kling and Artie Hoffman. Two of the nineteen cards in the set, which featured members of both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. The Kling card is inscribed and addressed on the reverse. Postmarked 1909. Vg. The Hoffman card has no inscription on the reverse and has never been mailed. The pencil notation "40-" appears on the reverse. Gd-Vg, with two moderate-to-heavy creases. 4) 1908 Fred Wright Postcard: "Wild Bill Donovan." This is a very striking postcard. Number of cards in set unknown. No inscription on reverse; never mailed. Light toning front and back, with a few tiny stains. Technically Vg but with EX appearance. 5) 1909 W.W. Smith Postcard: Honus Wagner. One of two cards from the set, with the other picturing Cobb and Wagner. Set dates from the time of the 1909 World Series between Detroit and Pittsburgh. Inscribed and addressed on the reverse. Postmarked 1923. Vg-Ex. 6) 1909 PC805 Novelty Cutlery Postcard: Eddie Plank. Pictured in a pitching pose. One of twenty-five cards in the set. No inscription on reverse; never mailed. Moderate, uneven toning on front and reverse. Vg. 7) 1910 PC796 Sepia Postcard: Ed Walsh. Walsh is pictured not on the mound, but in a bunting pose. One of twenty-five cards in the set. Inscribed and addressed on the reverse. Postmark year illegible. Vg. 8) 1911 T5 Pinkerton-Related Postcard: Mathewson. Pitching pose with Mathewson identified in print below "251 Christy Mathewson, P./New York Giants, N. L." Inscribed and addressed on the reverse. Postmark April 28,1914. Vg-Ex. This set is related to T5 Pinkerton tobacco (sharing the same image and design) and is technically not a postcard issue as the reverse does not have a printed postcard design, but due to their size and stock these cards were sometimes used as postcards, as was the case with this Mathewson example. Total: 8 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,231
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