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1888 E223 G & B Chewing Gum Mickey Welch
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $5,400
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Stunning E223 example of Hall of Famer Mickey Welch! This is a remarkable card in all respects, and one that (as can easily be seen) presents far better than its technical grade. This card is a gem! Their small size (1 x 2.25 inches) and the fact that G & Bs were issued with gum as opposed to tobacco make this set one of the most distinctive of all pre-1900 baseball card issues. G & Bs are also one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century issues. This example of Hall of Famer Mickey Welch is one of the most prominent stars from this unusual set. This is a photographic portrait variety, which is the most desirable type in the eyes of most collectors (G & Bs were also issued featuring woodcut "line drawing" illustrations). The card presents as Excellent from the front: bright and clean, with outstanding contrast, strong corners, and an exceptionally strong overall visual appeal. It has been downgraded entirely due to the presence of light adhesive residue on the blank reverse, likely from having been in an album at some point in time. No paper loss or creases. This is an extremely impressive sample of a very significant Hall of Famer from E223 G & B Chewing Gum, one of collecting's rarest and most highly regarded nineteenth-century card issues. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.SOLD FOR $5,400
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