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1912 H813 Boston Garter Frank Chance

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $41,475

Extraordinary 1912 Boston Garter of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Frank Chance. The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog, these cards are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are sixteen cards to the set (each team is represented by one player). This is one of only two examples of Chance we have ever seen, and the only individual card example. (The other is one of the four cards on the extraordinary uncut panel of 1912 Boston Garters sold at REA in 2013 for $177,750.) This card was one of the highlights of a remarkable find in the 1990s of eight 1912 Boston Garters discovered by the family of a turn-of-the-century traveling salesman who sold Boston Garter products. Our consignor had the great fortune to acquire the find directly from the family, and has kept several of the cards, including the offered Frank Chance, all these years. If the card looks familiar, it may be because images of the cards from the find are well known: For many years the card images have been shared with the hobby through the site of photo expert and collector David Rudd Cycleback ( The Boston Garter Salesman's Find was particularly amazing as fewer than twenty-five 1912 Boston Garter examples are known to exist in total in the entire collecting world. 1912 Boston Garters are unique in that each features a player in the locker room, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying his Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers on the field. On this magnificent example, Chance is sitting next to his suitcase (with "F. L. Chance Chicago" on the side of his case and also with "F. L. C. C." on the edge of his case) and with his Cubs uniform hanging on the wall, as he prepares to dress prior to taking the field. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball-card sets ever issued. REA has only offered three individual 1912 Boston Garters over the past forty years (Christy Mathewson in 2004, Bob Bescher in 2007, and Eddie Collins in 2012) in addition to the legendary four-card uncut panel. 1912 Boston Garters measure 4 x 8.25 inches. This example is bright and crisp, with bold colors and a virtually flawless central image. Various minor flaws include two creases (each quite minor, one extending from the bottom border to Chance's suitcase and the other extending diagonally from the upper left corner) and some isolated areas of scattered staining. The reverse of the card is boldly printed and almost entirely clean, with a complete checklist of the set and company advertising. Despite the technical flaws, this card possesses outstanding visual appeal and displays at a level superior to its technically accurate assigned grade. This card would be a highlight in even the most advanced card collection in the world and represents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a Hall of Famer example from the legendary 1912 Boston Garter set. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $41,475

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