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1911 M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" Mickey Doolan - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Highest-graded example! This is a very attractive sample card from the rare M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series, featuring Mickey Doolan of the Philadelphia Phillies. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series is an incredibly rare baseball-card issue. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front, and with the checklist-reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following." Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been a special promotion produced for and marketed exclusively to the Baltimore News newsboys. This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94-related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because it is clearly a distinct issue from E94. Though technically in modest grade, this is still a very attractive card, with even rounding to the corners, outstanding centering, and a crisp, clean image. An upper right corner crease, which extends into the image area, is responsible for the assigned grade. The reverse is clean, which is especially desirable for a sample card from this set. This is an exceptional sample from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,067
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