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Lot # 54 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Near-Complete Set of Baseball Players (6/8)

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $4,148

Near-complete set of six baseball players from the 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions set, considered by many to be the single most beautiful of all the nineteenth-century tobacco issues. Each card is graded and encapsulated by PSA (all submitted by REA). A total of eight baseball players are included in the N162 set, and only Anson and Brouthers are missing from this lot to complete the subset (both are offered individually as separate lots in this auction). The offered grouping of ballplayers includes two Hall of Famers (Keefe and Kelly) and three other major prominent stars of the day (Caruthers, Dunlap, and Glasscock) plus Andrews. Ed Andrews was very popular in Philadelphia but was not a star. PSA Condition Report: Ed Andrews (VG 3), Bob Caruthers (Authentic, altered stock due to erased writing on reverse), Fred Dunlap (EX-MT 6), Jack Glasscock (VG 3), Tim Keefe (HOF, GOOD+ 2.5, appears Ex on front, paper loss on reverse), and King Kelly (HOF, Authentic, trimmed, otherwise Ex+ appearance with small area of paper loss on reverse). This group offers a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely presentable yet still relatively affordable near-complete set of one of the most desirable of all nineteenth-century baseball cards. The SMR value for just the four numerically graded cards (factoring in the Keefe at the lower whole-grade level) is $2,700. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,148

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