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Lot # 39 (39 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1888 E223 G & B Chewing Gum Jimmy Ryan - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,600

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Highest graded by SGC! Exceptional G & B Chewing Gum sample of Jimmy Ryan of the Chicago Nationals. 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. The offered example presents with outstanding image clarity, light wear to the corners, and no creases. The blank reverse also displays a small area of paper loss and a few light stains, both extremely common among nineteenth-century cards. G & Bs were issued in two styles: featuring photographic portraits of ballplayers or woodcut "line drawing" illustrations. This is an outstanding woodcut "line drawing" style sample in extremely strong condition from this highly regarded and very rare set.

Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,600

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