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1914 Boston Garter Red Murray

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00

Graded "Authentic" by SGC. Extremely rare sample card of 1914 Boston Garter featuring outfielder Red Murray from the New York Giants of the National League. The checklist on the back lists ten cards to the set. Like the other two (full color) sets issued by Boston Garter, these cards were also issued one per box of twelve Boston-brand garters. Because they are slightly smaller (each measuring approximately 6.5 x 4 inches), and printed in green-and-white or sepia tones as opposed to full color, this 1914 Boston Garter issue has always received far less attention than the two color Boston Garter issues. They are, however, of a similar extreme rarity. This card is bright, crisp, and clean both front and back, with flawless contrast, a perfect surface, superb centering, and a slightly irregular cut along the top. The reverse is perfectly clean with bold black printing set against a striking off-white background. The text of the reverse, like all other 1914 Boston Garters, appears to have a portion of the top missing. This is sometimes an entire line, but on this card it is only a sliver of the top of the letters of the top line. The unusual cut along the top of cards from this set appears to be related to their method of issue. The cards were not issued in vertical strips; they were apparently attached to the Boston Garters packaging and had to be removed. Most examples we have seen, including this one, appear to have been cut with scissors at the top. This quality accounts for a grade of "Authentic" by SGC instead of a numerical grade. The card has a strong Excellent appearance. This is a particularly desirable example as a sample card from this issue because, unlike many others, the reverse text is complete. This is a stunning (and for this issue, very high-grade) sample card from one of the rarest baseball-card sets of the era. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,350.00

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