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1919 to 1931 Strip-Card Collection (132) with 56 Hall of Famers Including Four Babe Ruth Plus Joe Jackson

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,518

Outstanding original-owner collection of 132 strip cards from eleven different sets spanning the years 1919 to 1931. Highlighted by fifty-six cards featuring Hall of Famers, including five Tris Speaker, four Babe Ruth, and four Walter Johnson, as well as several "Black Sox" members, including Joe Jackson. We have submitted four cards to SGC for grading and encapsulation. This collection consists of the following: 1) 1919 W552 Mayfair Novelty Co. Baseball Position Drawings (1 card): Catcher (Pr). 2) 1920 W516-1 (2 cards): #19 Barnes (HOF, Gd) and 25 Kelley (Pr). 3) 1920 W519-1 (15 cards): #1, 2 Marquard (HOF, Vg), 3, 4, 5 Ruth (HOF, SGC "Authentic," otherwise Vg), 7, 8, 9 Robinson (HOF, Vg), 10, 11 Baker (HOF, Pr), 13 Barnes (HOF, Vg), 14, 15 Schalk (HOF, Fr), 16 Gleason (Fr), and 19 E. Collins (HOF, Gd). Missing five cards for completion. The balance of the cards grade Vg to Vg-Ex. 4) 1920-1921 W514 (20 cards): #3 Felsch (Black Sox, Pr), 15 Joe Jackson (Black Sox, Pr), 20, 39, 41 Griffith (HOF, Gd), 48, 66, 71,76, 79 Rice (HOF, Fr), 91 Weaver (Black Sox, Pr), and 94 Johnson (HOF, Pr). The balance of the cards grade Pr to Fr. 5) 1921 W516-2-1 (1 card): #23 Young (Fr). 6) 1921 W516-2-2 (3 cards): #13 (Gd), 18 (Fr), and 23 (Gd). 7) 1921 W551 (11 cards): Barnes (HOF, Gd), two Bancroft (HOF, Ex and Vg), Johnson (HOF, Fr), Pipp (Gd), Ruth (HOF, SGC "Authentic," otherwise Gd), two Sisler (HOF, Ex and Gd), two Speaker (HOF, Gd and Pr), and Stengel (HOF, Vg-Ex). 8) 1923 W515-1 (43 cards): #7, 8 Hoyt (HOF, Ex), 9, 11 Sisler (HOF, Ex), 12, 13, 14 Frisch (HOF, Ex), 15 Baker (HOF, Vg), 17, 18 Heilmann (HOF, Vg), 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Stengel (HOF, Ex-Mt), 25, 26, 27, 28 Speaker (HOF, Ex), 29 Youngs (HOF, Vg), 30, 31 Barnes (HOF, Ex), 32 Kelly (HOF, Ex-Mt), 33, 43 Jennings (HOF, Ex-Mt), 35, 36 Huggins (HOF, Vg-Ex), 37, 38 Johnson (HOF, SGC "Authentic," otherwise Ex+), 39, 40, 41, and 56 Wheat (HOF, Pr). The balance of the cards grade Ex to Ex-Mt with four lesser. Missing seventeen cards for completion. 9) 1925-1931 W590 (19 cards): Alexander (HOF, Ex), Bancroft (HOF, Vg-Ex), Barnes (HOF, Pr), Burns, Carey (HOF, Ex), Caveney, Frisch (HOF, Vg-Ex), Grimm, Harris (HOF, Vg-Ex), Jackson (HOF, Vg), Johnson (HOF, Vg), Lindstrom (HOF, Pr), Maranville (HOF, Pr), Ruth (HOF, Pr), Sand, Smith, Speaker (HOF, Ex), Stock, and Youngs (HOF, Pr). 10) 1926 W512 (10 cards): Complete set missing only six variations. #1 Bancroft (HOF, Vg), 2 Alexander (HOF, Cardinals, Vg), 3 Cobb (HOF, Ex-Mgr., SGC "Authentic," otherwise Vg), 4 Speaker (HOF, Ex-Mgr., Vg-Ex), 5 (Ex), 6 Ruth (HOF, bottom left corner missing, otherwise Ex), 7 (Ex), 8 Frisch (HOF, Giants, Ex), 9 Hornsby (HOF, Cardinals, Vg+), and 10 Vance (HOF, Vg). 11) 1920s W542 Sports Drawings (7 cards): #2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Pitcher (Fr). Condition ranges from Vg to Ex. Missing only three cards for completion. Strip cards, of course, are by definition hand-cut, as intended, and are therefore often encapsulated by the third-party grading companies as "Authentic" even if they have a high-grade appearance, due to the cuts affecting a small portion of the cutting guidelines. REA grades strip cards slightly differently than the grading companies. The grades we have provided above do not downgrade the cards for extremely minor cutting flaws which are natural to strip cards. If submitted to PSA or SGC, it is probable that many of these cards would only grade "Authentic." This is a very substantial original-owner collection with an unusually high concentration of Hall of Famers. Total: 132 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $6,518

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