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Extraordinary 1922 W575-1 Collection (96) Including Babe Ruth and Three Walter Johnsons

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $23,700.00

Addendum: After closer inspection and information that we received from a collector, it appears that the 15 loose cards are merely duplicates and were not originally mounted within this scrapbook. The blank pages referenced in the description show outlines of cards which were originally thought to have corresponded to the loose cards but instead appear to be outlined impressions of the mounted cards. We have no insight into what holds the cards in place in this scrapbook and naturally cannot guarantee that the cards could be professionally removed, and if removed, that they would grade highly.

Extraordinary newly discovered original-owner collection of ninety-six W575-1 cards (seventy-nine different) preserved in a period scrapbook including a stunning Babe Ruth and thirty additional Hall of Famers. The W575-1 set is very similar in nature to the American Caramel Company E121 issue as both sets feature the same design and likenesses for many of the players included. These cards were meticulously collected by our consignor's father and have remained in her family since their year of issue. All cards present as Nr/Mt or better on the front (with a few lesser due to centering). The collection consists of: Alexander (HOF), Bagby, four Baker (HOF), Bancroft/bat. (HOF), two Bodie, George Burns, Geo. J. Burns, O. Bush, Carey/hands on hips (HOF), Cobb (HOF), E. Collins (HOF), Daubert/1st B., Dauss, Deal/light, Doak, two Donovan/port., Evers/Manager (HOF), Faber/dark (HOF), Gardner, Gleason, Gowdy, Graney/Util., Griffith, Heilman/running (HOF), Holke/1st B., Hollacher, Hooper (HOF), Hornsby/2nd B. (HOF), Jacobson, three Jennings (HOF), three Johnson/arms at chest (HOF), Johnston, Judge/bat., Kelly/1st B. (HOF), Kerr, Kilduff, three Killefer, Lavan, Leibold, Mamaux, Maranville (HOF), May, McGraw/Manager (HOF), two McInnis, Milan, O. Miller, Morton, Murphy, Myers/C.F., O'Neill, Peckinbaugh, Pfeffer/Brooklyn, Pipp, Rice/correct (HOF), Rixey Jr. (HOF), Roush/C.F. (HOF), Ruth/R.F. (HOF), Schalk/bunt. (HOF), Walter Schang, Schupp/correct, Scott, Severeid, Sisler/throw. (HOF), Speaker/large (HOF), Stock, Strunk/C.F., Terry/dark 2nd B., Thomas, Toney/both feet, Tyler, Vaughn/plain, two Veach/folded, two Vitt/3rd B., Wambsganss, Wheat (HOF), three Whitted, Williams, Wingo, Wood, and P. Young. Eighty of the cards remain in the scrapbook, neatly arranged in pages of ten, while the passage of time loosened fifteen cards (seven of which were Hall of Famers). We submitted these seven to SGC and received the following grades: NM/MT 88: Walter Johnson/arms at chest; NM 84: J. Franklin Baker, Hugh Jennings, and Johnson/arms at chest; EX/NM+ 82: Baker; VG/EX 50: Baker; and VG+ 45: Jennings. The Johnson is the highest-graded example and one of only two cards in the hobby from this issue at the NM/MT level out of over 350 graded. Blank spaces within the scrapbook make it clear that these cards were originally housed inside and were taken out (or fell out) and offer more than a glimmer of hope that if the cards are removed (if this is what the buyer desires) that future high grades are possible. Currently less than 5% of the SGC-graded population rates Nr/Mt or better. The Ruth card is especially high grade with perfect centering, sharp corners, and a flawless image. Within the card collecting world, this is a famous and extremely desirable pose of Ruth that appears in several other sets, including the E135 Collins-McCarthy. This is an extraordinary collection preserved in its original form, literally untouched, presented exactly as it was collected, saved, and stored away ninety years ago. Total: 96 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $23,700.00

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