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Lot # 354 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1949 Philadelphia Bulletin Athletics and Phillies Complete Set Minus One (59/60)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $960

Presented is a rarely seen near-complete set of 1949 Philadelphia Bulletin consisting of fifty-nine out of sixty "cards" featuring members of the Athletics and Phillies, highlighted by Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn, Nellie Fox, Connie Mack, and Robin Roberts. Missing only the A's/Phillies pennants card for completion. According to the Standard Catalog, a page of six "cards" were added to the color cartoon section of the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper each Sunday between May 22 and July 24, 1949. These "cards," which measure approximately 4-1/2 x 3-5/8 inches, feature a sepia photo of a team member on the left side and biographical information on the right. The design was intended to allow children to neatly fold the paper in the center and affix it to cardboard to create a card of their own. As such, many of the existing examples from this set are found with some degree of folding or back damage. The offered near-complete set is overall exceptionally clean, with all examples displaying light vertical folding as intended. Twenty-three of the "cards" have some evidence of prior mounting on the reverse, including a small square of paper loss or adhesive on seventeen and the entire reverse covered with excess paper on six. All "cards" present as Vg-Ex to Ex (without reference to any flaws on the reverse), except for Mack, which grades more modestly due to several small tears. This is an extremely attractive and carefully assembled near-complete set of this scarce regional issue worthy of even the most advanced collection! Total: 59 cards.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $960

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