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1914 H813-2 Boston Garter Charlie Herzog
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $4,200
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Extremely rare sample card from the 1914 Boston Garter color series featuring Charles "Buck" Herzog. Boston Garters have always been one of the most highly prized of all early twentieth-century cards. In the past this set has been identified as being issued in 1913, but it now seems clear the correct year of issue is actually 1914. This is one of the cards that strongly supports a 1914 issue date. Though Herzog finished the 1913 season with the Giants, he is noted on the reverse of the card as being "Manager of Cincinnati National League team for the season of 1914." All Boston Garters are extremely rare. As noted on the reverse, only one card was issued with each box of twelve garters, and the cards were to be displayed by retailers in their store windows. The reverse includes a checklist for the entire set, and Herzog's batting and fielding records are listed through the 1913 season. The card presents with extremely bold colors and a crisp image. Appropriately downgraded due to a small spot of paper loss along the left border, as well as staining/color bleed in the center of the card and a lower left corner crease. The reverse is boldly printed and almost entirely clean (a few tiny spots of excess paper are present near the top). This is an outstanding sample from one of card collecting's most revered and legendary sets. Dimensions: 8.25 x 4 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $4,200
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