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Lot # 216 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1907 Grignon Chicago Cubs Postcard Complete Set (16)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,555

Presented is an exceptional complete sixteen-card set of the extremely rare and unusual Grignon Chicago Cubs photographic postcard series issued in 1907, highlighted by four Hall of Famers. This set was produced to commemorate the Cubs' participation in the 1907 World Series and is one of the most popular baseball postcard issues of the era. Each card pictures a large teddy bear in a baseball pose with a small black-and-white portrait of a Cubs player in an upper corner. This set is entirely new to the modern collecting world: It has been consigned by a gentleman who used to go door-to-door with his father in the 1970s looking for antiques. This set was one of their purchases at the time, and it has been in his possession for the past forty years! This is only the second complete set of this rare postcard issue we have ever offered, and it by far the finer of the two. Condition: Fifteen of the sixteen cards grade Vg to Vg-Ex, including Hall of Famers Mordecai Brown, Johnny Evers, and Joe Tinker, while the remaining one card (Hall of Famer Frank Chance) grades Pr. Only five cards, including Tinker and Evers, display a wrinkle or small crease. All sixteen cards have entirely clean reverses, having never been mailed or written on as is so often the case with postcards. Bold colors, light even wear to the corners, and clean reverses. This is a very sharp-looking complete set of these rare and very distinctive postcards, which would enhance any prewar-card collection. Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Total: 16 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555

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