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1940 Crowley's Milk Binghamton Triplets Complete SGC-Graded Set (18): Every Card Highest-Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,800

Presented is a remarkable complete set of the extremely rare Crowley's Milk regional issue featuring the Binghamton Triplets of the Eastern League. Each card is graded and encapsulated by SGC, and every example is the highest-graded on record! Issued in 1940 by Crowley's, a local dairy in Binghamton, New York, this eighteen-card set features blue-and-white photos of each player framed by a red ballpark illustration. A facsimile signature of each player, along with a short endorsement for Crowley's, is scripted on or near his photo. Each card measures 3 x 5 inches. The backs are blank. The Binghamton Triplets were a class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and several of the players in this set would go on to appear for the Yankees or another Major League team later in their careers. Little is known about this issue's production or method of distribution except for the fact that more than seventy years later no finds have ever surfaced and even discovering a sample is extremely rare. To date, only forty-six cards from this issue have been graded by PSA and SGC combined, and the offered set is the only completely graded set ever assembled. SGC Grading Composite: EX/NM+ 82: Reid. EX/NM 80: Betzel, Silvanic, and Suder. EX 60: Adlam, Debiassi, Gumbert, and Milosevich. VG/EX+ 55: Graham and Gurske. VG/EX 50: Bergman, Bianco, O'Donnell, and Robinson. VG+ 45: Collins and Volps. VG 40: Bevins and White. Bob Lemke, the former editor of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, has hypothesized that these cards were a stadium giveaway during the 1940 season (during which the Triplets won the Eastern League Championship), but this has not yet been proven. It is very possible that this was the case. While we may never know with certainty exactly how Crowley's distributed these cards, it is indisputable that the offered set is an incredibly rare, possibly unique opportunity to acquire all eighteen cards in outstanding and relatively consistent condition. All cards are bright, crisp, and clean, with even the few modestly graded examples downgraded due to very minor, insignificant technical flaws despite having an appearance comparable to that of the higher-grade cards. A superb complete set of this very rare regional issue that would be a significant highlight in even the most advanced regional or food-issue collection. Total: 18 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,800

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