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1902-1911 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet Michael ("Turkey Mike") Donlin

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Magnificent example of “Turkey Mike" Donlin from the W600 Sporting Life cabinet-card set. W600s are one of the rarest sets from the early part of the century, and are one of the most substantial and well-made card sets ever produced. With good reason, they have always been highly prized by serious collectors. This is one of the rarest and most impressive of all Mike Donlin cards. Bright, fresh, and impeccably clean, with only light, even corner wear (predominately the upper right), no creases, and a small surface abrasion on the blank back (an extremely minor scrape that, along with a little corner wear, is solely responsible for the harsh grade assigned by SGC; the card is a beauty and otherwise has a strong Excellent appearance). "Turkey Mike" Donlin was a true star and also one of the most interesting off-the-field characters of the game in his day. A superb hitter, he batted over .300 ten times in twelve Major League seasons, and finished with a .333 lifetime batting average. He hit .356 and scored a league-high 124 runs in 1905. Many years he also led the league in drinking, carousing, womanizing, and general mayhem, all the while enjoying popularity as great or greater than any other star of the dead-ball era. In 1906 he married actress Mabel Hite and soon after attempted to transition from baseball to a career in show business, an endeavor which was in the end only moderately successful. Though not a Hall of Famer, "Turkey Mike" Donlin was one of the best known and most legendary players of the dead-ball era. This is an exceptionally attractive W600 Sporting Life example of one of the era's most colorful characters, which would be a significant addition to any serious sample or prewar card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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