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1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Hal Chase

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,410

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. M110 Sporting Life cabinet cards are among the most impressive and desirable cards of the era. This card is one of six M110s that were among the highlights of a small but remarkable childhood collection of our consignor’s grandfather that included a complete set of six M110s and eight M116s. These cards have been carefully stored by the family since 1911! All are new to the organized collecting world and are presented in a total of eight lots in this auction. Presented is a very attractive example of New York star first baseman Hal Chase from this legendary set . Because there are only six players to the M110 set (Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson, Lajoie, Chance, and Chase), Sporting Life had the luxury to include only players considered to be especially noteworthy stars. One hundred years later its choices appear to have withstood the test of time, with the possible exception of Hal Chase. Chase was, in fact, a major star of the day, but his involvement with gambling and unsavory characters undermined his legend, and ensured that he would forever remain a "non-Hall of Famer." The card has even wear to the corners and a light hint of foxing on the right and left borders, as well as a a few small creases in the border areas. The few stray marks on the card give the appearance of insignificant pencil marks, but these are, in fact, not pencil marks at all. These few small light lines are natural wear that is unique to M110s, which have extremely sensitive surfaces and, because of exactly how they were produced, respond to pressure and light abrasions in this manner. The back of the card is lightly soiled and has some minor scattered spots of surface wear which do not detract from the integrity of the advertisement on the reverse (the result of removal from a photo-album page designed with strips of very light adhesive). Despite minor faults, this is a very impressive looking card which has a much better appearance than its technically accurate assigned grade. This is a very attractive example from one of card collecting's rarest, most condition-sensitive, and most highly prized early twentieth-century cabinet-card issues. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,410

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