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Circa 1910 T220 Mecca "Silver Border" Boxers Near-Complete PSA-Graded Set (22/25)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,200
Presented is an exceptional near-complete set of T220 "Silver Border" boxing cards issued by Mecca Cigarettes. Twenty-two of the twenty-five cards in a complete set are present. Missing only Coburn, J. Corbett, and M. Donovan for completion. Each of the cards is graded and encapsulated by PSA, and this near-complete set ranks fifth on the PSA Set Registry, with an impressive 4.80 average grade. T220 boxers are almost always seen with plain white borders but twenty-five of the fifty cards in the set were also issued with silver borders. The "Silver Border" cards from this series are by far the more difficult to find and more desirable of the two styles of T220s. They have always been appreciated by advanced collectors both for their rarity and their distinctive style, and the "Silver Borders" are noted for how hard they are to obtain in high grade. The offered collection is in tremendous condition for this issue! PSA Grading Composite: Three EX-MT 6: Burke, McAuliffe, and McGovern. One EX+ 5.5: Lavigne. Eight EX 5: Carney, Dempsey, Erne, Gans, McCoy, Moore, Randall/Belasco, and Ryan. Five VG-EX+ 4.5: Choynski, Y. Corbett, Driscoll/Glover, Edwards, and Jackson. Four VG-EX 4: Beecher, Frayne, Goldman, and Wilson. One VG+ 3.5: Jordan. Compared to baseball-card rarities of the era, these early boxing cards, which are at least as scarce as many of the most expensive baseball-card tobacco rarities, represent a particularly outstanding value, and the fact that collectors are starting to recognize this is being reflected in prices. This is an extremely attractive near-complete set of twenty-two rare T220 "Silver Border" cards from one of the most classic tobacco-related boxing sets of the early twentieth century. Total: 22 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,200
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