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1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Series SGC Graded (2)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,112.50

The 1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Series set is an incredibly rare baseball card issue - so rare that it has literally been ten years since we last offered even a sample. Presented are two cards from the set: Jimmy Austin and Red Murray. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front, and with the checklist-reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following." Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been produced and marketed as a special promotion exclusively to newsboys who delivered The Baltimore News . This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94 related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because they are clearly a distinct and separate issue to E94. Both cards have been graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Though technically in low grade, each is still very pleasing, and each has a very clean reverse, which is especially desirable for sample cards from this set. The Murray card, in particular, appears very harshly graded by SGC. We grade this card Good. It may be years before we see another M131 Baltimore News Newsboy Series card. Two exceptional samples from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting. Total 2 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,112.50

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