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1914 B18 Blankets Near-Complete Set Including Ty Cobb (134 of 185)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Near-complete set of 134 different B18 blankets, highlighted by several Hall of Famers and stars, including Ty Cobb. 77% range from Ex to Nr/Mt and 23% Vg to Vg-Ex. The typical number of centering issues are found throughout, but almost all the blankets and bright, crisp, and clean. We have not downgraded the blankets with paper remnants from their original packaging on the back (as this is how they were issued, and this paper could be removed if desired). The collection is missing only 51 blankets to be complete (not including the 17 virtually impossible-to-find red-infield variations). Because they are not traditional cards, and are not graded by PSA or SGC, B18s have been somewhat overlooked by many collectors. They will have their day. B18s represent one of the most outstanding values of all baseball tobacco issues. They are also one of the most interesting and difficult of all tobacco sets to complete. The set includes few Hall of Famers, but many scarcities and rarities. This advanced collection offers an outstanding foundation toward the challenging assembly of a complete set. The blankets missing for completion are as follows (the identifying numbers are as listed in The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist): #1b, 2a, 4b, 5b, 6a, 7b, 10b, 11b, 12b, 13c, 14a, 14b, 15b, 18b, 21b, 22b, 23b, 27b, 30b, 31a, 31b, 33b, 36a, 36b, 39a, 39b, 40b, 41a, 43b, 45a, 45b, 47b, 48b, 50a, 53a, 55a, 55b, 58b, 61a, 62a, 62b, 62c, 65b, 67b, 69b, 82a, 83b, 85b, 87b, 88a, and 90a, plus the 17 red-infield variations. Included among the 134 B18s in this collection are many of the scarce designs and variations. Keys: Chance/green (Ex-Mt), Chance/brown (Nr/Mt), Cobb/white (Vg-Ex), Gandil/brown (Ex), Gandil/green (Ex), W. Johnson/green (Vg), Maranville/white (Ex), Stengel/blue (Nr/Mt), Stengel/green (Ex), Wallace/red (Vg), Wheat/blue (Ex-Mt), and Wheat/green (Ex). From an old-time collection assembled decades ago. This is an extremely clean, attractive, carefully assembled, and outstanding collection of one of tobacco collecting's most exotic issues. Total: 134 blankets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,600
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