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1912 H813 Boston Garter Christy Mathewson

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $31,625.00

The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog, they are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are 16 cards to the set (one player is represented from each team). It is a privilege for Robert Edward Auctions to offer the key Hall of Famer, Christy Mathewson, from this extraordinary set. To the best of our knowledge, there are exactly two examples of Christy Mathewson known to exist. This is the better of the two. We estimate that there are fewer than 25 examples of 1912 Boston Garters known to exist in the entire collecting world. This example of Mathewson is the prize of them all. Their great rarity is no doubt in part due to the fact that only one card was issued with each box of 12 garters. 1912 Boston Garters are quite unique in that each features a player in the dugout, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying their Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers warming up. On this magnificent example, Matty appears to be taking a break, resting his arm on his traveling suitcase. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball card sets ever issued. The large format card measures 4 x 8.25 inches. Extremely bright and clean, both front and back. There is some very minor light vertical creasing in the lower right corner, as well as a very light corner crease in the upper left corner which is visible upon close inspection from the reverse only, therefore technically VG-Ex but certainly displays as Excellent. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $31,625.00

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