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1914 WG4 Polo Grounds Complete Boxed Set (54 cards)

Starting Bid - $2,500.00 , Sold For - $12,925.00

Presented is a spectacular super high-grade complete 1914 Polo Ground game card set of all 54 cards plus the original box and instructions. This set is new to the hobby, having been recently discovered among family keepsakes by a noncollecting family in the state of Washington. The game had apparently been purchased by a relative in the year of issue and has obviously never been played with or even handled. The entire game, including the box, instructions, and all the cards, have been left totally undisturbed for the past ninety-three years. This set looks today exactly as it did when purchased in 1914 and was carefully stored away! This rare game card set is referred to as “The Polo Grounds” game because the back of each card features a green and white photograph of a game in action at the Polo Grounds. The set was produced by The Card Baseball Co., Inc., of Norfolk, Virginia. They named the set "All Star Card Baseball" and the box promises that this game is "Exciting! Interesting! Thrilling!" and "The Hit of the Season!" When issued, the game included a total of 54 cards representing thirty different players plus twenty-four duplicates. This set includes all 54 cards, including duplicates (as issued) of several key stars (four cards of Honus Wagner, two Ty Cobb, etc.). Armed with the instructions, youngsters could use the cards to play an exciting game of indoor baseball. The fronts have a sepia player photo plus a baseball “play” to determine the result of the player’s action. Incredible complete set of this classic issue which includes all the great stars of the day including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and an additional eleven Hall of Famers. We have selected nineteen cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA. Sixteen NM-MT 8: Baker, two Cobbs, Collins, Jackson, Jennings, Lajoie, Maranville, two Mathewsons, McGraw, Plank, Speaker, and three Wagners. Three NM 7: Chance, Marquard, and Wagner. The balance of the cards grade similarly and are Nr/Mt or better. The original box is complete and overall in Excellent condition, and is rarely found this nice. Instructions are in Vg-Ex/Ex condition. This is an extraordinary set, by far the finest and highest-grade complete Polo Grounds set that we have ever seen or offered. The SMR value for just the nineteen graded cards (not including the additional thirty-five cards) is $9,040. Total 54 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000+. SOLD FOR $12,925.00

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