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1926 Sports Company of America Tony Lazzeri Rookie PSA MINT 9 - 1 of 1 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,778

Graded MINT 9 by PSA. This is the ONLY example at this level with none higher! Outstanding ultra high-grade example of Tony Lazzeri, one of the key cards from this 1920s set issued by the Spalding Sporting Goods Company. As Lazzeri's first appearance on a baseball card as a Major League player, this card is considered his rookie card by many collectors. In our opinion, these are the most classic cards of the 1920s. They are beautifully and elegantly designed, and magnificently produced. They are also very rare, which is particularly interesting because the market has absolutely not recognized the rarity of these cards, and this is reflected in current price-guide levels. There have only been two major "finds" of pristine examples of these cards over the years. Both have been handled by Robert Edward Auctions, so we have some extra insight into this set. In 1990 we turned up a find of about 400 uncirculated cards, and in 1996 we auctioned a find of 798 uncirculated cards. The cards from both finds had been saved in a virtually perfect state. (The owner of the 798-card find had been given the cards by a store owner as a child in 1926. He kept them undisturbed for the next seventy years. In 1996 he realized they were extremely valuable and consigned them to REA.) Whenever there is a "find," especially when there is a substantial quantity of high-grade cards from a rare set, there is naturally uncertainty about how many have been found. With Spalding cards, there have been two significant finds. But these two finds combined represent a total of only about 1,200 cards from this 200-card set. Babe Ruth, the key card within this set, was actually found in the greatest quantity simply because more Ruth cards were printed than other cards in the set. PSA has only graded five examples of Tony Lazzeri's card from this set with the offered card standing alone atop the Population Report. Perfectly clean and crisp with four sharp corners and flawless registration. Centered very slightly to the top. Clean, well-centered reverse. This tremendous example of Tony Lazzeri from this rare 1920s set would be worthy of inclusion in any world-class New York Yankees or Hall of Fame rookie-card collection. Text-style reverse. 1926 copyright. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,778

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