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Lot # 340 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Pair of 1943 R302-1 M. P. & Co. Complete Sets (48) Plus 26 Duplicates

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,320

Presented is a collection of seventy-four cards from the 1943 R302-1 M. P. & Co. series, consisting of two complete 24-card sets and twenty-six duplicates. This collection is highlighted by an extremely high concentration of Hall of Famers: forty-seven of the seventy-four cards are Hall of Famers, including two Ted Williams, four Joe DiMaggio, three Bob Feller, and eight Hank Greenberg. R302s are one of the few baseball-card sets issued during World War II. Manufactured by Michael Pressner and Co. of New York, the set was produced in strips and is described in the Standard Catalog as featuring "crude color drawings that bear little resemblance to the player named." It is likely for this reason that these cards have long been underappreciated by collectors despite their relative scarcity. While we understand their shortcomings, personally, we love these cards, and we know we are not alone. They have character! So many sets are similar, but one will never mistake an M.P. & Co. series card for any other issue! The condition of the two complete sets and twenty-six duplicates is very consistent, with 50% grading Vg to Vg-Ex and 50% grading lesser due to creasing. Many of the cards feature uneven edges due to having been originally issued in strips; this has not been factored into their grades. This is the largest grouping of cards from this issue (and the only two complete sets) that we have ever offered. A substantial collection of two complete sets and duplicates from this unusual 1940s issue. Total: 74 cards (two complete 24-card sets plus 26 duplicates).  Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,320

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