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1909 Pittsburgh Pirates and S&H Green Stamps "Two Champions" Advertising Postcard
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Outstanding postcard rarity with impressive display value, featuring portraits of the much-celebrated Pirates' 1909 World Championship team. The postcard advertises for the long-forgotten by many, but at one time very prominent, S&H Green Trading Stamps Company. Text along the two side borders reads, respectively, "The Two Champions" along the left, and "Pittsburg Base Ball Club and 'S&H.' Green Trading Stamps" along the right. This is one of the great team postcards of the era. The postcard features composite portrait images of twenty-three team members, including Wagner, Clarke, Willis, and team owner Barney Dreyfuss, all surrounding an illustration of the iconic S&H Green Stamp in the center. Very close inspection will reveal the players' names identified as part of the design on each portrait. Many of the portrait images will be familiar to card collectors, as all are portrait images by famed Boston photographer Carl Horner, many of which were used in card sets (and other printed items) of the era. Ideally, the Wagner portrait image on this piece is the same one that was used for his legendary T206 tobacco card issued that same year! This is perhaps the finest example of this postcard we have ever seen (we can't recall seeing a nicer one), and we were planning to send it in for grading due to its strong Excellent appearance, but decided to not to when, upon closer inspection (more easily seen from reverse), we noticed a moderate crease in the upper left corner (and knew, therefore, it would only grade VG). Regardless of technical grade, it is a gem that would be a worthy addition to any world-class collection of 1909 Pirates items, Honus Wagner cards, or rare baseball postcards. Never been mailed. Technically VG due to a crease but with a far stronger Excellent appearance. 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $720
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