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Circa 1890 R. T. S. Artistic Series Baseball Complete Set (10)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480

Complete set of ten 1888 R.T.S Artistic Series baseball diecuts issued by Raphael Tuck & Sons of Germany. The uniforms of these colorful scrapbook diecuts represent baseball's major franchise cities of 1888. The teams represented are Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh from the National League; and Baltimore, Brooklyn, and St. Louis from the American Association. This issue has, in the past, been identified as "R & S Artistic." The actual name of the set is "R.T.S. Artistic Series." The "RTS" company logo of Raphael Tuck & Son can easily be misinterpreted as reading "R & S," and this error was apparently made long ago and has been repeated countless times in publications over the years. REA offered a complete set in 2007 that was accompanied by a color copy of a complete set in its original uncut form as issued. The set was originally issued in sheet form, with players diecut but attached by easily separated tabs. The R.T.S. logo appears on one of the connecting tabs. Little else is known about exactly how these diecuts were distributed. It is believed they were sold for the express purpose of gluing into scrapbooks, which was a very popular pastime of the day. The fronts of the cards present as Excellent to Mint overall, with the exception of Indianapolis and St. Louis, which have broken off at the head. Each of the ten cards has scrapbook paper adhered to the reverse (a very common occurrence with nineteenth-century cards in general, and especially diecuts) and would thus technically grade modestly. The ten cards otherwise remain an attractive complete set of these rare and very colorful nineteenth-century baseball diecut cards, which represent one of the most outstanding values of all nineteenth-century card issues. Total: 10 cards.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $480

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