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1917 H801-8 Boston Store #108 Rube Marquard - PSA NM 7

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $705

Graded NM 7 by PSA. One of only three examples graded at this level by PSA, with none graded higher. The card features Hall of Famer Rube Marquard in a throwing pose dating from his first full season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is interesting to note that this pose appears only in the Boston Store set (and related issues). The 1917 Boston Store cards are extremely difficult to find in high grade. Like their E135 Collins-McCarthy counterparts, Boston Store cards are rarely offered in any condition. Unlike the somewhat similar Sporting News card set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface which is very prone to creasing. Boston Store cards are usually encountered one card at a time and in low grade. To find even a common card in Nr/Mt condition is a challenge, let alone a Hall of Famer. Bright, crisp, and perfectly clean front and back, with sharp corners, perfect contrast, and flawless glossy surface. The diamond cut and to-the-right back centering (which is probably related) are the only factors keeping this card from being a NM-MT 8. This is a rare high-grade Hall of Famer example and an ideal sample card from this rare set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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