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1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders Near-Complete Set (131/132)

  • Sold For: $19,975
  • Year: 1912
  • Auction: 2009 spring
  • Lot #: 402
  • Auction Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

The beautiful lithography, the great number of stars represented, and the unique design of T202 Hassan Triple Folders combine to make it one of the most highly regarded of all baseball card sets of the era. Offered is a complete set of this classic tobacco-card issue (131 different cards), missing only one card for completion #44 Devlin-Giants/Mathewson. Included are all five Ty Cobbs, seven Christy Mathewsons (of the eight in the set), two Walter Johnsons, four Tris Speakers, Cy Young, and literally dozens of stars and additional Hall of Famers. T202s are unnumbered. In the following condition composite, identifying card numbers are referenced from the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist. We have submitted thirty-nine cards from this complete set to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Please note that the grading companies are notoriously hard on T202s due to the "spider creases" which naturally occur along the folds of the side panels, as well as roller marks that are so common to the issue. These natural manufacturing flaws result in particularly harsh grading by SGC. The SGC-graded cards in this near-complete set have superior eye-appeal, with virtually all cards presenting far nicer than suggested by their technically accurate grades.

SGC Condition Report (39 cards): Two EX/NM 80: #36 Speaker/Wood and 119. Six EX 60: #48, 50, 59 Engle/Speaker, 64 Chance/Tinker, 106 Speaker/Wood, and 117. Sixteen VG/EX 50: #9 Johnson/Street, 14 Bresnahan/Oakes, 23, 31 Bender/Thomas, 46 Mathewson/Fletcher, 47 Mathewson/Meyers, 51, 65 Cobb/O’Leary, 73, 94, 97, 107 Speaker/Engle, 108, 118, 120, and 131 Austin/Stovall (Cobb Stealing Third). Eleven VG 40: #3 Cobb/O'Leary, 45 Devlin-Rustlers/Mathewson, 55, 58, 83 Marquard/Meyers, 85 Mathewson/Meyers, 88 Johnson/Knight, 90 Kling/Young, 102, 105 Clarke/Miller, and 130 Cobb/Moriarity. Four GOOD 30: #68 Cobb/Moriarity, 82 Mathewson/Fletcher, 95, and 129 Cobb/Jennings. Condition composite of the balance (92 cards): Vg (32 cards): #1 Wallace/LaPorte (miscut), 4, 5, 10, 11, 19, 22 Clarke/Gibson, 26, 28, 32, 34 Payne/Walsh, 38 Clarke/Byrne, 40 Collins/Murphy (miscut), 41, 54, 67, 74, 75, 76 Cicotte/Stahl (“Black Sox”), 81, 86, 87, 89, 92, 93, 99, 109, 115 Baker/Barry (miscut), 116 Brown/Graham, 122, 123, and 127 Marquard/Meyers. Gd (32 cards): #7, 12, 13, 16 Chance/Foxen, 20 Chance/Shean (miscut), 24, 27 Clarke/Gibson, 30 Baker/Barry, 33, 39 Collins/Baker, 42, 60 Evers/Archer, 61 Chance/Evers, 63, 69, 70, 78, 80, 91, 98, 101 Griffith/Schaefer, 103, 104, 110 Huggins/Evans, 111, 112, 113, 114, 121, 124, 128, and 132 Wheat/Dahlen. Pr to Fr (28 cards): #2 Pelty/Wallace, 6, 8 Baker/Collins, 15 Bresnahan/Harmon, 17, 18, 21, 25, 29, 35, 37, 43, 49, 52, 53, 56, 58, 62, 66, 71, 72 Tinker/Lennox, 77, 79 McGraw/Bresnahan, 84 McGraw/Jennings, 96, 100, 125 Devlin-Giants/Mathewson, and 126 Devlin-Rustlers/Mathewson. This is a tremendous collection that is naturally loaded with stars and Hall of Famers. The equivalent SMR value of just the thirty-nine SGC-graded cards alone (not including the additional ninety-two ungraded cards) exceeds $11,500. Total 131 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $19,975

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