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1907 A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers Postcard Near-Complete Set (13/16)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Outstanding near-complete set of thirteen (out of sixteen) 1907 A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers Postcards (Series 1). Missing only the Ty Cobb cards (batting and exceedingly rare fielding pose) and Sam Crawford for completion. Cobb is the only player with two poses in the Dietsche set, and for some reason the Cobb fielding pose is far rarer than the Cobb batting pose, to such an extraordinary degree that we can only assume the Cobb fielding pose was replaced with the batting pose early in the print run. Due to the extreme rarity of the Cobb fielding pose, most collectors consider a 1907 Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard set complete at fifteen. Produced by the Dietsche Postcard Company of Detroit, this set was issued to commemorate the Tigers' participation in the 1907 World Series against the Chicago Cubs (Chicago swept in four games). The condition of this group is eight Vg-Ex and five Vg. Four cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA, including the lone Hall of Famer in this collection, Hughie Jennings, which is graded VG-EX 4. The other three graded cards are Coughlin (VG+ 3.5), Killian (VG-EX 4), and Jones (VG-EX 4). Crisp and clean images and with postally unused reverses, with some cards showing light indentations from storage in corner mounts (very commonly seen with Dietsche postcards as many have long ago come from very old-time postcard collections) and others with just a hint of corner wear (a natural characteristic of the set due to the flush-to-the-border black-background design of the cards). Dietsche Postcards are often encountered in much lower grades. The Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard set is one of the most distinctive sets of the era, and the offered collection would serve as an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set. Total: 13 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840
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