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1895 N566 Newsboy Tobacco Cabinet Collection Including Amos Rusie (5)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,518
Newly discovered collection of five different 1895 N566 Newsboy Tobacco cabinet cards highlighted by Hall of Famer Amos Rusie. Newsboy cabinet cards were issued by the National Tobacco Works of New York City to promote their Newsboy Tobacco brand. Newsboys are extremely rare and one of the very few baseball-card sets issued during the 1890s. While similar in construction to N173 Old Judge cabinet cards, they are actually much rarer, all the more so in high grade as the mounts on Newsboy cabinets are not as thick and sturdy as Old Judge cabinets, and thus are also far more susceptible to damage. It is at least in part because of their greater rarity that Newsboys have not received as much attention as Old Judges have in recent years. There are only fourteen different baseball players currently known in the Newsboy set. Each is numbered and most are members of the 1894 New York Giants championship team. The mounts of Newsboy cabinets were issued with rounded corners. The offered collection has been consigned by an ephemera collector who discovered this small group at an estate auction. It appears, due to early stage loosening of the top and bottom layers from the mount on at least one edge of many of the cards, that these cards were stored in damp and/or humid conditions for a period of time. Despite outstanding photo clarity and strong visual appearances, they are technically in low grade due to this flaw. The offered collection of five consists of the following: 1) #175 Amos Rusie (strong Ex appearance but vertical crease visible on reverse in addition to previously mentioned separation along the right border), 2) #176 Michael Tiernan (small vertical tear at the top border as well as separation of all layers along right border; clean reverse with small, light pencil mark at bottom), 3) #177 E. D. Burke (appears Ex with very early-stage loosening along top half of right border; clean reverse with small, light pencil mark at bottom), 4) #178 J. J. Doyle (light crease at top, heavy staining along right border both front and back, and loosening of all layers along the right border), and 5) #201 W. H. (Dad) Clark (Ex mount with loosening on both sides of the photographic layer). This is one of the largest collections of Newsboys we have seen offered in several years and only the third group of any size that we have offered since 2005 (REA sold a group of five in 2005 and a group of nine in 2009). This is a very attractive find of Newsboy Tobacco cabinet cards with small, but in most cases undistracting, technical flaws, highlighted by Amos Rusie, one of only two Hall of Famers in the set (the other being Ward, who is represented in the set by two different poses). We consider Rusie to be the key Hall of Famer in the set because his card is far rarer than either of the two Ward poses, and also because there are so few cards of Rusie in his prime as a player. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a newly discovered collection of five 1895 N566 Newsboy Tobacco cabinet cards in an extremely desirable, though technically modest, grade (and therefore relatively affordable) but still extremely attractive in appearance, including a very sharp-looking example of Hall of Famer Amos Rusie. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,518
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