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Lot # 227 (of 1727)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1913 WG6 "Tom Barker" Game Cards Complete Set (54)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938

Complete set of all fifty-two 1913 "Tom Barker" cards, accompanied by two original score cards, for a total of fifty-four cards. This set was consigned directly from the family of the original owner, who played with this set in 1913! The "Tom Barker" game card set is comprised of forty-three different individual players and nine action photos. Nearly identical in design to "The National Game" card set except for the different back design in red which features a batter and advertising for "Tom Barker Baseball." In our experience, "Tom Barker" cards are considerably rarer than "The National Game" style cards. Many great stars of the era are represented, including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and many more. Forty-two cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex condition, ten cards are Vg including Joe Jackson, two slightly lesser. This is a very attractive set which has not been mishandled in any way, but has been played with as intended. These decks occasionally survive in perfect condition, with cards having never been used for play, and those decks are now selling for many thousands of dollars. A very consistent medium-grade set such as this is rarely offered and represents an outstanding value compared to higher-grade sets, and perhaps all other 1910-era baseball sets as well! Also included are the pieces to an original box (it has essentially disintegrated). Total 54 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,938

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