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1914 WG4 Polo Grounds Complete Boxed Set (54 cards)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,110

Presented is a spectacular ultra high-grade complete 1914 Polo Grounds game card set of all 54 cards plus the original box and instructions. This set is entirely new to the hobby, having been passed down through the family of a noncollector over the past century. The game had apparently been purchased by a relative in the year of issue and has obviously never been played with or even handled. The entire game, including the box, instructions, game pieces, pencil, and all the cards, have been left totally undisturbed for one hundred years. This set looks today exactly as it did when purchased in 1914 and was carefully stored away! Interestingly, our consignor lives in Virginia, less than one hundred miles from where this set was produced by The Card Baseball Co., Inc., of Norfolk, Virginia. This rare game-card set is referred to as “The Polo Grounds” game because the back of each card features a green and white photograph of a game in action at the Polo Grounds. The manufacturer named the set "All Star Card Baseball" and the box promises that this game is "Exciting! Interesting! Thrilling!" and "The Hit of the Season!" When issued, the game included a total of 54 cards representing thirty different players plus twenty-four duplicates. This set includes all 54 cards, including duplicates (as issued) of several key stars (four cards of Honus Wagner, two Ty Cobb, etc.). Armed with the instructions, youngsters could use the cards to play an exciting game of indoor baseball. The fronts have a sepia player photo plus a baseball “play” to determine the result of the player’s action. Incredible complete set of this classic issue which features all the great stars of the day, including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and an additional eleven Hall of Famers. We have selected six cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC and the grades are as follows: Three MINT 96: Cobb, Mathewson, and Speaker. One NM/MT+ 92: Jackson. One NM/MT 88: Lajoie. One NM+ 86: Wagner. The balance of the cards grade similarly and are Nr/Mt or better. The original box is complete and overall in Very Good to Excellent condition, with minor areas of surface wear on top and at the corners. The instruction booklet is in Very Good condition. This is an extraordinary set, one of the finest complete Polo Grounds sets that we have ever seen or offered, both in terms of condition and completeness. The equivalent SMR value for just the six graded cards (factoring in the two half grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the additional forty-eight cards!) is $4,875. Total: 54 cards plus original box, instructions, and game pieces. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110

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