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1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Johnny Evers
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,040
Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely rare sample card of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Johnny Evers from the M131 Baltimore News Newsboys series. This card is new to the modern collecting world and comes from an original-owner collection consigned to this auction from the Baltimore area. It has not seen the light of day since 1911! It was the only M131 in the collection; the balance of the collection consisted of T205, T206, and T207. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News Newsboys Series set is an incredibly rare baseball-card issue. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front, and with the checklist-reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following." Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been a special promotion produced for and marketed exclusively to the Baltimore News newsboys. This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94-related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because it is clearly a distinct issue from E94. The offered card of Evers is very attractive, with even rounding to the corners, flawless registration, outstanding centering, and a clean, crisp image. The important "Baltimore News Newsboy Series" line at the top of the card remains entirely clean and ideal for a sample card from this set. An outstanding example from one of the rarest prewar issues in all of card collecting, and it would make a significant addition to any Johnny Evers, Hall of Fame, or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,040
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