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1889 E. R. Williams Base Ball Game Playing Card Complete Set with Original Box

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $15,275

Presented is a newly discovered and extraordinary high-grade complete set of 1889 E. R. Williams Base Ball Game cards. This a tremendous find! This set has remained in the family of the original owner since issued. Over the years we have seen very few complete sets of this rare and extremely attractive nineteenth-century game-card set, and fewer still surviving in virtually perfect condition in the original box. The E. R. Williams game-card set is comprised of nineteen cards featuring color portraits of thirty-eight different players (two per card), and thirty-four additional game cards (which have baseball design but do not feature players). Also included with this set is the original 10-page instruction booklet, all game pieces, and the original box. The E.R. Williams set is one of the rarest and most highly prized of all baseball playing-cards sets and all pre-1900 baseball issues. It is also one of the few pre-1900 baseball-card issues produced in color. All the greatest stars of the era are represented, including Hall of Famers Buck Ewing, Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Roger Connor, Charles Comiskey, John Clarkson, Tim Keefe, Mike Kelly, Pud Galvin, John Ward, and Mickey Welch. Dummy Hoy is among the non-Hall of Famers included in the set. This particular set has never been played with as intended. The cards are in Near Mint condition. Because the set has been stored away in its original box since 1889, the cards have barely even been exposed to light and have retained their original perfect appearance as when issued in 1889. This is certainly one of the finest complete sets in existence of this extremely rare and significant issue. The box and instruction booklet have very minor imperfections but are still great for display. While this set has not received the attention of many other pre-1900 issues, possibly because it is not a tobacco issue, it is a very rare set, far rarer than many of the most popular issues of the 1880s such as N28 and N29 Allen & Ginter. This is a spectacular set! Total 53 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $15,275

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