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1913 WG5 "National Game" Cards Complete Set (52)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,851
High-grade complete set of all fifty-two 1913 "National Game" cards, accompanied by the original rules card, for a total of 53 cards. This game-card set is comprised of forty-three different individual players and nine action photos. "The National Game" cards are nearly identical in design to the "Tom Barker Baseball" card set except for the different back design, which is in red and features advertising for "The National Game." All the greatest 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. We have selected six cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The SGC grades are as follows: Two NM 84: Johnson and Young. One EX/NM 80: Mathewson. One EX 60: Cobb. One VG/EX 50: Jackson (Nr/Mt appearance, downgraded due to a very light surface wrinkle in the upper right). One VG 40: Wagner. The balance of the cards are similar in grade to the selection of six SGC-graded cards. Additional Hall of Famers include Alexander, Baker, Bender, Bresnahan, Chance, Clarke, Crawford, Evers, Griffith, Huggins, Jennings, Lajoie, Mack, Marquard, McGraw, Speaker, Tinker, and Walsh. These sets usually come either in virtually perfect condition or with significant wear from use as intended. This is an unusual set in that most cards are very sharp, almost all ranging from Ex to Nr/Mt or better, but the set includes a few cards here or there that appear Ex or better at a glance but technically grade lower. This is a stunning and very consistent high-grade set that represents an outstanding value, compared to an even higher-grade set and perhaps compared to all other 1910-era baseball sets as well. Also included is the original box (held together with clear tape) that has accompanied the set since 1913. The equivalent SMR value for just the six SGC-graded cards (not including the additional 47 cards) is $1,045. This is a beautiful uncirculated complete set of the classic 1913 WG5 "National Game" set. Total: 53 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851
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