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1914 WG4 Polo Grounds Complete Boxed Set (54 cards)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,000

Presented is a spectacular ultra high-grade complete 1914 Polo Grounds game card set of all fifty-four cards plus the original box and instructions. The entire game, including the box, instructions, game pieces, and all the cards, have been left totally undisturbed for one hundred years! This set looks today almost exactly as it did when purchased in 1914! Produced by The Card Baseball Co., Inc., of Norfolk, Virginia, this rare game-card set is referred to as “The Polo Grounds” game because the back of each card features a green and white photograph of a game in action at the Polo Grounds. The manufacturer named the set "All Star Card Baseball" and the box promises that this game is "Exciting! Interesting! Thrilling!" and "The Hit of the Season!" When issued, the game included a total of fifty-four cards representing thirty different players plus twenty-four duplicates. This set includes all fifty-four cards, including duplicates (as issued) of several key stars (four cards of Honus Wagner, two Ty Cobb, etc.). Armed with the instructions, youngsters could use the cards to play an exciting game of indoor baseball. The fronts have a sepia player photo plus a baseball “play” to determine the result of the player’s action. This incredible high-grade complete set of this classic issue features all the great stars of the day, including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and an additional eleven Hall of Famers. (In addition to Joe Jackson, a complete list of the Hall of Famers and how many of each are included, as some are represented more than once in a complete deck as offered here, is as follows: Baker, Chance, two Cobb, three Collins, Jennings, Lajoie, Maranville, four Marquard, two Mathewson, McGraw, two Plank, two Speaker, three Wagner, and two Walsh). All cards are in spectacular condition, grading Nr/Mt or better! We have selected ten cards to be professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC as follows: Two Cobb (both NM/MT 88), Jackson (NM/MT 88), three Mathewson (NM/MT+ 92 and two NM/MT 88), and four Wagner (NM/MT+ 92, NM/MT 88, NM+ 86, and NM 84).

The original box accompanies; it is complete and overall in Very Good to Excellent condition, with minor areas of surface wear on top and at the corners. The instruction booklet also accompanies; it has some condition flaws but appears to be complete. This is an extraordinary set, one of the finest complete Polo Grounds sets that we have ever seen or offered, both in terms of condition and completeness. The equivalent SMR value for just the ten graded cards (calculating the three half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $5,230. Total: 54 cards plus original box, instructions, and game pieces.

Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $6,000

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