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Helmar "S81" Small French Silks Collection (43)

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $296

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Large collection of small French silks (2 x 3 inches), similar in design to the "S81" tobacco silks, issued by the Helmar Brewing Company in 2007 only. Each silk has been sewn on to a blue-velvet backing (3.5 x 5.5 inches) with fringed base (as issued) and is in Mint condition. It should be noted that only forty silks for each player pose were ever produced, making the assembly of a complete set challenging. There are many duplicates represented here, including nineteen examples of Mathewson in a pitching pose. That means that nearly half of all of the Helmar Mathewson pitching-pose silks ever produced are in this collection! (Only Mathewson and Wagner were included in the set more than once, each in a different pose.) The players represented here, with number of silks for each player (if more than one) listed in parenthesis, are Christy Mathewson (20 total; 19 in a pitching pose, 1 in a portrait pose), Babe Ruth (2), Honus Wagner (2; portrait pose), Jimmie Foxx (4), Harry Heilmann (4), Pete Gray (4), Kiki Cuyler, Charlie Gehringer, Frankie Frisch, Chick Gandil, Rogers Hornsby, Daffy Dean, and Gabby Hartnett. Total: 43 silks. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $296

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