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1949 Lummis Peanut Butter Phillies Richie Ashburn SGC EX+ 70 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $6,000

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC (submitted by REA). Of all the regional food issues of the late 1940s, Lummis Peanut Butter cards are among the rarest and most desirable. And perhaps the most desirable card in this extremely rare set is Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn. In all our years, we have never even seen one until now: Presented is a remarkable newly-discovered example of this extraordinarily rare regional card of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn. Issued in 1949 in the Philadelphia area by Lummis & Co., the 12-card set features only Phillies players. The Lummis Peanut Butter cards are so rare that even in Philadelphia, where the cards were issued and home to so many of the most celebrated card conventions in the early days of organized collecting, virtually no cards from this set were ever seen. Lummis Peanut Butter Phillies cards were catalogued, and advanced collectors spoke of them, but trying to find even a sample was virtually impossible. Like the unicorn, the actual cards were practically a myth! REA has its roots in Philadelphia, so we are particularly enamored of these extreme rarities. How could we not be? This miracle card has been consigned directly from a non-collector in the Philadelphia area who obtained it in 1949 as a youngster and has saved it all these years. It is, unfortunately, the only example from this rare set that he kept over the last sixty-six years. To date, PSA and SGC have combined to grade only nineteen cards (in total) from this incredibly rare set. This is just the second Ashburn ever graded (PSA has graded a GOOD 2). The grade is also extraordinarily high given the method of issue (thirteen of the nineteen graded cards are VG or lesser; this Ashburn is the highest grade ever awarded to a card from this issue). The card (3.5 x 4.25 inches) is crisp and clean, with just light touches of wear at the corners and a clean, bold reverse. Interestingly, both the 12-card Lummis Peanut Butter set and the Sealtest set used the same images (although Sealtest cards were produced with peel-off sticker backs). It is by extreme coincidence that we are also offering a Sealtest Ashburn in this same auction as lot #344. This is an extremely significant and ultra rare example of the key card from this very desirable postwar food issue, which advanced collectors recognize as among the rarest of all regional card issues.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,000

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