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1925-1931 Postcard-Back Exhibits Collection (64) Including Ruth and Cobb

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231

Collection of forty-three different cards (of the 69 in the set) plus 21 duplicates for a total of 64 cards, from the 1925-1931 Postcard-Back Exhibits-style set, highlighted by thirty-two Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby, and Jimmy Foxx. This classic Exhibit-style card set was actually issued by a small competitor of the Exhibit Supply Company. The postcard-format reverse includes the warning: “Not To be Used In Exhibit Machines.” Issued in several different colors, the cards of most players can be found in more than one color and some subjects have the photographic background removed. To do justice to condition, these cards are addressed in two groups: Twenty-three cards were clearly obtained from the same source and are crisp, clean and uncirculated. These twenty-three cards are in Ex to Nr/Mt condition (averaging Ex-Mt). The remaining forty-one cards are clearly in lesser condition. The condition of these cards ranges from Poor to Vg, with approximately equal distribution at each grade level. In the following list of key cards, many have been downgraded for writing (pencil or ink) on the back. Keys: two Bottomley (Ex-Mt and Gd), Cobb (Athletics, Pr), Cochrane (Ex-Mt), two Faber (Ex-Mt and Gd), two Foxx (very attractive Gd and Pr), Frisch (St. Louis, Gd), two Grove (Ex-Mt and Fr), two Harris (Ex-Mt and Gd), Hartnett (Ex-Mt), two Heilmann (both Gd), Hornsby (St. Louis, Pr), Hornsby (Chicago, Vg-Ex), two Johnson (both Pr), Kelly (Gd), two Klein (Ex-Mt and Fr), Ruth (Gd, great-looking example, we have always felt this was one of Ruth’s most impressive cards), Simmons (side view, Gd), Simmons (front view, Ex-Mt), Traynor (Ex), Vance (Ex), two Waner (both portrait, Ex and Fr), and two H. Wilson (Ex-Mt and Gd). This group is part of an extraordinary comprehensive Exhibit-card collection, assembled over a period of many years by an extremely advanced pioneer collector, that is being offered in a number of smaller lots (mostly by year) in this auction. This is a very impressive mixed-grade collection of these Exhibit-card classics, with many highlights, and with an extremely high concentration of key Hall of Famers. Total: 64 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $3,231

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