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1910 PC796 Sepia Postcard Collection (5), Including Cobb, Wagner and Mathewson

  • Sold For: $3,851
  • Year: 1910
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 1600
  • Auction Category: Internet Only

Collection of five different cards from the PC796 Sepia postcard set issued in 1910, highlighted by Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson. This group was part of a small collection of baseball items (comprised of ten postcards including a 1915 Red Sox team card with Ruth and a 1912 World Series program) that have long been family keepsakes and were personally saved at the time of issue by a member of our consignor's Boston-area family. The manufacturer of this sepia-toned postcard series is unknown. The PC796 set is one of the most striking of the era. The collection is comprised of the following: Bridwell (tack holes at the top and bottom, otherwise Ex), Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner (tack holes at the top and bottom, otherwise Vg-Ex), Walter Johnson (tack holes at the top and bottom, otherwise Vg), Christy Mathewson (tack holes at the top and bottom, otherwise Vg-Ex/Ex), and Ed Plank (tack holes at the top and bottom, otherwise Vg-Ex). All of the cards have never been mailed and have no writing on their traditional postcard reverses. These cards are technically in low grade due to the tack holes, but as can easily be seen, the cards have a tremendous overall appearance (far better than would be suggested by their modest technical grades due to the tack holes). This is a very attractive group of these rare and distinctive postcards, with four of the five cards featuring Hall of Famers. Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,851

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