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1884 Lawson's Base Ball Game Playing-Card Set Including 26 SGC-Graded Cards
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $2,160
Issued in 1884 by the Lawson Card Company of Boston, Massachusetts, the Lawson's playing-card set features thirty-six cards with extremely striking baseball-related designs. The backs feature a very attractive baseball scene in blue and white. Offered is a complete 36-card standard-edition Lawson's set in outstanding overall condition. A total of twenty-six cards are professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC, including six GEM MINT 98s, six MINT 96s, five NM-MT 88s, and six NM 84s. The set is accompanied by the original 20-page instruction booklet (SGC Authentic) explaining the rules of the game, which features a black-and-white woodcut of a batter on the cover. Also included are the original box (Vg/Vg-Ex) and the "Value of Cards" card (SGC NM 84). SGC Grading Composite: Six GEM MINT 98: Baseman 2, Baseman 3, Grounder, Striker, Umpire, and 3 Strikes Out. Six MINT 96: Base Hit 1, Baseman 1, Fly Ball, Pick Up, 3 Strikes Missed, and 7 Balls. Five NM-MT 88: Fly Catch, Fly Muff, Forced Out, Home Run, and 3 Strikes. Six NM 84: Base Hit 2, Base Hit 3, Foul Catch, Foul Muff, Value of Cards, and Wild Throw. One EX+ 70: Catcher. One EX 60: Foul Ball. One Authentic: Instruction Booklet (presents Ex). The thirteen ungraded cards (eight Strikers, five Wild Throws, and a duplicate Value of Cards) grade Nr/Mt to Mint, averaging Nr/Mt-Mt. All the cards are bright, crisp, and clean, having been beautifully preserved in their original box over the years. Total: 40 items (complete set of 36 cards, one rules booklet, original box, and two "value of cards" cards). Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200.SOLD FOR $2,160
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