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1888 "Scrapps" St. Louis Browns and Detroit Wolverines Complete Set (18)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,525

Presented is a very rarely offered complete set of 1888 "Scrapps." This uniquely designed eighteen-card die-cut set features nine players from the American Association's legendary St. Louis Brownie Champs and nine players from the Detroit Wolverines. This is a beautifully assembled complete set of all eighteen cards from this very colorful and unusual nineteenth-century die-cut issue. As is usually the case with this issue, all have glue stains and scrapbook paper residue on their reverses (twelve of the eighteen have the player's name and position written on the back); this is otherwise an extremely clean and attractive group in overall Vg-Ex condition. The condition breakdown without reference to the reverses is as follows: Thirteen are Vg-Ex (including Comiskey), four are Vg (including Brouthers and Thompson), and one is lesser grade (Hanlon). Despite the variance of condition due to technical factors as indicated by the preceding condition detail, the set has a very consistent Vg-Ex or better appearance across the board, and even the lowest-graded cards look very much at home in the set. Highlighted by Hall of Famers Charles Comiskey, Sam Thompson, Dan Brouthers, and Ned Hanlon, this is one of the few full-color baseball issues from before 1900 and one of the most unusual and striking of all early baseball-card sets. It is extremely rare to find "Scrapps" offered as a complete set. The set is really comprised of two nine-card subsets, featuring nine players from the 1887 American Association's champion St. Louis Browns and nine players from the 1887 National League's champion Detroit Wolverines. These two teams met in the World's Championship Series of 1887 (a forerunner to today's modern World Series) immediately following the regular season. The Detroit Wolverines won the fifteen-game series ten games to five and were declared "Champions of the World." Total: 18 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525

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