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1888 "Scrapps" St. Louis Browns and Detroit Wolverines Complete Set (18)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $4,406

Presented is a very rarely offered complete set of 1888 "Scrapps." This uniquely designed eighteen-card die-cut set features nine players from the American Association's legendary St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the Detroit Wolverines. Only a few complete sets of “Scrapps” have ever been assembled. This is a beautifully assembled complete set of all eighteen cards from this very colorful and unusual nineteenth-century die-cut issue. Many times these cards are found with glue staining seriously affecting the fronts of the cards. This set is remarkable in that every card in the set is virtually completely free of all obverse staining (only a few cards have just the slightest hint of light staining). As is usually the case with this issue, all have glue stains and scrapbook paper residue on their reverses; this is otherwise an extremely clean and attractive complete set with all cards bright and clean. The condition breakdown without reference to the reverses is as follows: Seven are Ex (including Comiskey), four are Vg-Ex (including Brouthers), four are Vg (including Hanlon with light obverse stain visible from the reverse), and three in lesser grades (including Thompson). Despite the variance of condition due to technical factors as suggested by the preceding condition detail, the set has a very consistent Vg-Ex or better appearance across the board, and even the lowest-graded cards look very much at home in the set. Highlighted by Hall of Famers Charles Comiskey, Sam Thompson, Dan Brouthers, and Ned Hanlon, this is one of the few full-color baseball issues from before 1900 and one of the most unusual and striking of all early baseball card sets. It is extremely rare to find in a complete set. This set features nine players from the 1887 American Association's champion St. Louis Browns and nine players from the 1887 National League's champion Detroit Wolverines. These two teams met in the Worlds Championship Series of 1887 (a forerunner to today's modern World Series) immediately following the regular season. The Detroit team (then known as the Wolverines) won the fifteen-game series ten games to five and were declared "Champions of the World." This is one of the few complete set of "Scrapps" that we have ever seen offered as a single lot. Total 18 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406

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