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1887 to 1912 Original-Owner Collection (353) Including N172, N284, T205, T206, T207, and Near-Complete E93 Set! (65 Hall of Famers!)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $11,400
Presented is a fascinating original-owner collection of 353 cards spanning the years 1887 to 1912 and highlighted by sixty-five Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young, along with a near-complete set of E93 Standard Caramel, one of the most popular sets of the era. A total of eight different prewar-card sets are represented within this collection, which consists of predominantly 1910-era tobacco and caramel cards (only six nineteenth-century cards are included). These cards have been consigned by the family of the original owners, described as two young boys who grew up in the Philadelphia area in the early 1900s. The boys diligently collected this wonderful assortment of cards, opting to keep some loose and deciding to paste others into a period composition notebook for safekeeping. A total of 194 cards are loose and 159 cards are housed within the notebook. Although the boys grew up in Philadelphia, which wasn't too far from the Lancaster home of Standard Caramel, the cards eventually found their way to the Cooperstown area, where they were saved in a house that has been in the boys' extended family for six generations. Our consignor has decided that now is the right time to pass these cards on to collectors who will cherish them as much as her card-collecting cousins did more than 100 years ago.
We have selected twelve cards from this collection to be professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC. This collection consists of the following: 194 Loose Cards:1) 1887 N172 Old Judge (1 card): Carroll (pose #67-2, trimmed advertisement). 2) 1887 N284 Buchner Gold Coin (5 cards): Burns, Carruthers, Clarkson (HOF, Pr, presents as Vg, but back damage), Farrell, and Mulvey. All Pr. 3) 1909-1911 T206 White Border (169 cards): 37% Gd to Vg and 63% lesser. Three additional cards are pasted onto the reverse of cards from this group, but have not been included in the count. Keys: Bresnahan/with bat (Pr, pasted to another card), Bresnahan/with bat (VG 40), Brown/Chicago (Pr), Brown/portrait (GOOD+ 35), Chance/batting (VG 40), Chance/yellow portrait (Pr, Polar Bear), Chase/blue portrait (Gd), Chase/pink portrait (Pr), Cicotte (Fr), Clarke/holding bat (Fr), Cobb/bat off (POOR 10), E. Collins (Pr), J. Collins (Pr, El Principe de Gales), Davis (FAIR 20), Doyle/NY hands above head (Pr), Evers/Cubs shirt (FAIR 20), Gandil (VG 40), Huggins/hands at mouth (Vg), Joss/pitching (Gd), Mathewson/dark cap (POOR 10), Mathewson/portrait (VG+ 45), McGinnity (Fr), McGraw/finger in air (Fr), McGraw/glove at hip (VG/EX+ 55), McGraw/portrait no cap (Fr), two McGraw/portrait with cap (Fr and Pr, Polar Bear), Tinker/portrait (VG 40), Waddell/portrait (Pr), Waddell/throwing (Pr), Walsh (Pr), Wheat (Pr, pasted to another card), Willis/portrait (Fr), and Young/portrait (VG 40). All cards feature Piedmont or Sweet Caporal backs, except for eleven Polar Bear, eight El Principe de Gales, and one Tolstoi. Interestingly, one of the Polar Bear backs (Konetchy/hands at ground) is miscut on the reverse and shows a small sliver of another Polar Bear advertisement along the left edge. One card, Ames/hands at chest, has a name at top and bottom. 4) 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folder (1 card): Blair/Hartzell (trimmed, otherwise Fr). 5) 1911 T205 Gold Border (7 cards): Doyle, Ewing, Jones, Paskert, Pfeister, Moran/no stray line, and Schulte. All cards are Pr, including five cards heavily trimmed. 6) 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder (6 end panels): All trimmed-down end panels, representing one-third of a complete card. Crandall, Devlin, Kling, Lennox, Stovall, and Sweeney. All Pr. 7) 1912 T207 Brown Background (5 cards): Callahan, Delahanty, Harmon, Lively, and Wheat (HOF). One Vg, two Gd, including Wheat, and two Pr. 159 Cards Housed in a Composition Notebook: 1) 1909-1911 T206 White Border (58 cards): including Baker, Bender/no trees, Bresnahan/portrait, Brown/portrait, Chance/yellow portrait, Chase/blue portrait, Chase/white cap, Cobb/red background, Jennings/portrait, Joss/pitching, Kleinow/Boston, McGraw/finger in air, McGraw/portrait with cap, Willis/portrait, and Willis/with bat. Almost all cards present as Pr to Fr, with a few Gd to Vg. 2) 1910 E93 Standard Caramel (21 cards): including Brown, Clarke, Cobb, Evers, Griffith, Jennings, Lajoie, Mathewson, Tinker, Waddell, Wagner, and Young. Missing only nine cards for a complete set. Cards present as Fr to Vg. 3) 1911 T205 Gold Border (23 cards): including Baker, Collins/mouth open, Johnson, and Tinker. Cards present as Pr to Gd. 4) 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder (3 end panels): All trimmed-down end panels, representing one-third of a complete card. Ames, Mathewson, and Summers. Cards present as Pr. 5) 1912 T207 Brown Background (54 cards): including Johnson, Marquard, Marsans, McKechnie, Speaker, and Tinker. Cards present as Pr to Vg.
While the condition of the cards in this collection is relatively modest, there is a particularly high concentration of Hall of Famers, far more than is normally encountered in a collection of this size, which will make it especially desirable despite the technical grades. Some of the cards in the notebook appear to have loosened with the passage of time and could very likely be carefully removed if desired. This is an outstanding and very sizable original-owner collection, entirely new to the modern collecting world, that is ideal for the collector who wants real examples of some of the most classic cards ever produced but is not interested in spending the fortune that it would require to collect them in higher grade. The equivalent SMR value for just the twelve graded cards (factoring the five half-grades in at the lower whole-grade level and not including the 341 ungraded cards) is $2,740. Total: 353 cards (159 of which are housed in a single composition notebook). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++.SOLD FOR $11,400
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