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1888 "Scrapps" St. Louis Browns and Detroit Wolverines Collection (10)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $4,444

Presented is the most remarkable collection of 1888 Scrapps in existence! These Scrapps are in a pristine condition that is unique. In 2012 we were contacted by a noncollector with scans of twelve Scrapps that were in a unprecedented essentially flawless condition. All were perfect. Six cards were still attached in pairs that had never been separated! We had never seen even a single example that approached the condition of any from this find, and had never before even seen an attached pair. Scrapps are notorious for condition problems. Because they were intended to be glued into scrapbooks, they almost always have back damage and glue damage which affects the front of the cards. Unfortunately, the owner sold them outright before we were able to discuss the possibility of selling at auction. (Sometimes people just can't wait or don't know any better!) Within months we saw the find offered at another auction. Each card (or attached pair) was offered individually. We may have missed out on them when they first surfaced, but we are fortunate not to have not missed out on them upon their resale! Our consignor bought ten of the twelve cards when they were first auctioned (only one pair escaped). His total purchase price for all ten was $9,280. This lot presents these very ten miracle gems, reunited and offered as a single collection. We cannot emphasize enough that the condition of these Scrapps is so far superior to that of all other examples we have ever seen. We're not positive what grades PSA or SGC would give them, but we have no doubt that if submitted for grading there would be something relating to their complicated manufacture and design that would keep them from the highest grades. To us these approach MINT condition (especially for this issue). To put into perspective the usual condition of Scrapps: PSA has graded a total of 72 examples. Of these, 70 of the 72 examples range in grade from "Authentic" to GOOD 2. Only two PSA examples grade higher: one VG-EX 4 and one EX 5. SGC has graded a total of 344 examples to date. Of these 344 examples, 327 range from "Authentic" to VG. (The exact SGC Population Report condition breakdown is as follows: 33 "Authentic", 87 POOR, 66 FAIR, 76 GOOD, 52 VG, 13 VG/EX, 8 EX, 2 EX+, 5 EX/NM, 1 NM, and 1 NM/MT.)

Outstanding high-grade collection of ten different 1888 "Scrapps" (out of only eighteen in the set), highlighted by Hall of Famers Charles Comiskey, Ned Hanlon, and Sam Thompson. Of special note is the presence of two still-connected pairs in pristine, original, "as manufactured" condition (including a Hanlon/Thompson pair). This set features nine players from the American Association's St. Louis "Brownie Champs" and nine players from the National League's Detroit Champions of 1887. These two teams met in the World's Championship Series of 1887 (a forerunner to today's World Series) immediately following the regular season. Detroit (then known as the Wolverines) won the fifteen-game series ten games to five and were declared "Champions of the World." This is one of the few full-color baseball issues from before 1900 and also one of the most unusual and displayable of all early baseball-card sets.

The collection consists of the following: St. Louis "Brownie Champs": Bushong, Comiskey (HOF), Foutz, Latham, O'Neil, and Robinson/Gleason (attached pair). Detroit "Wolverines": Hanlon/Thompson (both HOF, attached pair) and Richardson. All ten Scrapps in this collection are in virtually perfect condition, having been carefully saved for the last 125 years and appearing almost exactly as they were produced. As noted, these cards were intended to be glued into scrapbooks and almost always have glue stains or paper residue on their reverses, neither of which are present on the flawless blank reverses of the ten offered examples. This is a stunning miracle find of ten different 1888 "Scrapps," representing a very substantial start toward completion of this unusual nineteenth-century die-cut set (though the cards needed for completion of the set probably do not exist in anywhere near this same condition), including three key Hall of Famers. Total: 10 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $4,444

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