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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet George Davis

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,463

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Duke cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors. Even in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned them a value of $5 each, making them the highest-priced baseball card issue in the entire American Card Catalog. Duke cabinet cards, which advertise Duke's Honest Tobacco brand in the lower left, are among the most impressive and desirable of all pre-1900 issues. They are one of the few full-color pre-1900 issues, and the only full-color pre-1900 cabinet-card issue. In addition, they were issued in an era (mid-1890s) in which there were very few baseball card sets, making this issue all the more significant to card collectors. There are only four ballplayers in this set. Presented is a magnificent example from this legendary set: Hall of Famer George Davis. Davis was one of the premier shortstops of his day, and at the time this card was issued he was a member of the New York Giants. Upon close inspection the card has some extremely light staining in the upper right (almost all in the border), and just a touch of wear to the bottom border edge and corners. The back has some natural toning and a minor stain. There is also some very light surface flaking in the upper left corner of the blank reverse. Despite these minor faults, this is a very impressive looking card which has an otherwise overall Excellent appearance. It is a bright, clean, and very attractive Hall of Famer example from one of card collecting's scarcest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet-card issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,463

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