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Lot # 116 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 E223 G & B Chewing Gum Tim Keefe

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $8,120.00

Graded EX 60 by SGC. Their small size (1 x 2.25 inches) and the fact that G & Bs were issued with gum as opposed to tobacco make this set one of the most distinctive of all pre-1900 baseball card issues. G & Bs are also one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century issues. Offered is an outstanding high-grade example of Hall of Famer Tim Keefe from this unusual set. This is a photographic portrait variety, which is the most desirable type in the eyes of most collectors (G & Bs were also issued featuring woodcut "line drawing" illustrations). The card is bright and clean, both front and back, with outstanding contrast, strong corners, and an exceptionally strong overall visual appeal. Only a tiny surface chip in the upper left corner keeps this gem from an even higher grade. This is a very impressive sample of a very significant Hall of Famer from E223 G & B Chewing Gum, one of collecting's rarest and most highly regarded nineteenth-century card issues. In Excellent condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $8,120.00

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