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1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #80 Rogers Hornsby Rookie Card SGC EX+ 70 - 1 of 1 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $20,400

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Presented is an extremely attractive high-grade E135 Collins-McCarthy rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in a throwing pose. This is Rogers Hornsby's most desirable card and it is very rarely offered, especially in such outstanding condition. The image featured on this card is a unique throwing pose of Hornsby which appears only in the Collins-McCarthy set (and related issues). Issued in 1917 by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of San Francisco, the 200-card black-and-white E135 set was the company's only venture into issuing cards of Major Leaguers. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 M101-4/5 Sporting News set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public, and so are naturally much rarer, and were also larger than M101-4/5 cards. The E135 set was produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and has a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This striking example of Hornsby’s rookie card is perfectly bright and clean, with a virtually flawless surface, outstanding contrast, four square corners (each with light touches of wear), and outstanding centering (slightly to the right). The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed advertisement centered to the right. This is a magnificent example of the most significant of all Rogers Hornsby cards, his rookie card, which is of all the greater note as it is a rare card from an exceptionally high quality set that dates from the late teens, a time during which very few card sets were issued. SOLD FOR $20,400

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