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1911 T3 Turkey Red Hall of Famers Collection (15)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $10,575

Exceptionally attractive low- to medium-grade collection of fifteen different Hall of Famers from the classic T3 Turkey Red cabinet card issue (out of a total of twenty-three Hall of Famers in the set), of which three highlights (including Walter Johnson) have been graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Even though technically many of the cards in this lot grade modestly, few have creases and almost all have an appearance far superior to that usually associated with T3s in these grades. This is simply a great looking group of low-to mid-grade T3 Hall of Famers, including four slightly higher-grade SGC VG/EX 50 condition highlights. Eight of the Hall of Famers have checklist backs while the other five have advertisement backs: #1 Mordecai Brown (front has Vg-Ex appearance, with paper loss in top corners of reverse), 4 Roger Bresnahan (Vg/Vg-Ex), 17 Clark Griffith (Vg), 18 Hughie Jennings (Gd due to light stain along edge of bottom border), 26 John McGraw (VG/EX 50), 35 Joe Tinker (Gd), 36 Tris Speaker (Gd), 39 Rube Waddell (Vg), 78 Home Run Baker (Turkey Red back, two pinholes, otherwise Gd), 80 Chief Bender (Gd, numerous pin point age spots), 87 Eddie Collins (Turkey Red back, Vg), 99 Walter Johnson (Turkey Red back, VG/EX 50), 101 Wee Willie Keeler (Turkey Red back, Fr), 124 Bobby Wallace (Turkey Red back, Fr), and 125 Ed Walsh (VG/EX 50). Turkey Red cabinets are universally recognized as among the most beautiful baseball-card issues ever produced. T3s are never "going out of style" with collectors and the opportunity to acquire such a large group of different Hall of Famers, especially with strong appearances for the grades, is rare. This collection represents a very substantial foundation toward the assembly of a complete collection of Turkey Red Hall of Famers. The cards in this collection also represent a tremendous value compared to Turkey Reds in a very slightly higher grade, or even Hall of Famers from most other 1910-era tobacco-card sets. This is an extremely substantial and attractive collection of Hall of Famers from one of card collecting's most classic sets, with many cards having far better eye-appeal than suggested by their technical grades. The equivalent total SMR for the three cards assigned grades (not including the twelve ungraded cards) is $5,900. Total 15 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000+.
SOLD FOR $10,575

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