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1923 Lections Emil Meusel

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $420

Graded EX 5 by PSA. This is the only example graded at this level by PSA with only one higher. Extremely rare Lections card of New York Giants outfielder Emil Meusel. This series of cards is so rare it was actually unknown in the hobby until 1997, when a small group of approximately thirty cards was discovered in Albany, New York. The cards measure 4 x 2.5 inches, and are printed on thick cardboard stock with rounded corners. The front features an oval black-and-white player portrait with artwork of a baseball game-in-progress, and the Lections company logo. For many years it was believed that Lections cards were almost certainly a candy premium, but that is not the case. From a firsthand account by a gentleman who actually received cards as a youngster, we have learned that in the early 1920s at fairs in the Albany area, "politician podiums" were set up where local officials running for office would give speeches and shake hands with the crowd. The adults who watched these mini rallies were given election cards showing the candidate. The children who accompanied the parents to the fair were instead given a "Lection" card by the candidates depicting a baseball player. This is an exceptional and remarkably high grade example from this unusual set which is actually related to local political elections in Albany in the early 1920s, produced to win the support of children and their voting parents. Superb example from this rare 1920s issue, which would be a worthy addition to any type-card collection. SOLD FOR $420

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