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1928 "Star Player Candy" Lewis "Hack" Wilson - 1 of 1 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,659

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher. Extremely rare "Star Player Candy" card of Hall of Famer Hack Wilson from one of the few issues dating from the late 1920s. Until recently, very little was known about this unusual and rare issue, which advanced collectors have always referred to as the "Star Player Candy set." The manufacturer is not identified on the card, but we now know this is a gum issue produced by John H. Dockman & Sons of Baltimore (REA's Spring 2009 auction featured an incredible find of 1930s unopened boxes and packs which provided the basis for this conclusion). The attribution of this set as "Star Candy" or "Star Player Candy" dates back at least fifty years, and was very likely the title of the set when issued by Dockman. The sepia-toned cards measure 1-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches, and are printed on thin stock. The player's name is printed below the image without a team designation. Unlike the 1929 "Star Player Candy" cards (which have a short biography with the card number), the reverse of the 1928 cards are blank-backed. We are not sure how it was determined that the cards with text backs were produced in a different year than the blank-backed variety, of which seventy-three baseball players are checklisted, but it has always been clear that they are separate and distinct sets. The card pictures Wilson on the field in a swinging pose, an ideal card image for the lifetime .307 hitter, who was often at or near the top of the home-run charts in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This is a high-grade example for this issue, with light, even wear to the corners, a crisp, clean image, and excellent centering. The reverse is virtually perfect. This is an exceptional card Hall of Famer Hack Wilson from this very rare and unusual 1920s gum-card set. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,659

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