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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet George Davis
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,300
Beautiful example of Hall of Famer George Davis from the N142 Duke cabinet set. Duke cabinet cards have always been revered by collectors. Even in the 1930s, Jefferson Burdick assigned them a value of $5 each, making them the highest-priced baseball-card issue in the entire American Card Catalog. Duke cabinet cards, which advertise Duke's Honest Tobacco brand in the lower left, are among the most impressive and desirable of all pre-1900 issues. They are one of the few full-color pre-1900 issues, and the only full-color pre-1900 cabinet-card issue. In addition, they were issued in an era (mid-1890s) in which there were very few baseball-card sets, making this issue all the more significant to card collectors. There are only four ballplayers in this set. Presented is a magnificent example from this legendary set: Hall of Famer George Davis. Davis was one of the premier shortstops of his day, and at the time this card was issued he was a member of the New York Giants. This is a superb example, with bold colors, a flawless image, and very minor wear to the edges and corners. An upper right corner crease and faint wrinkling in the upper left corner would ultimately cause this card to technically grade Good. The back has scattered natural toning and age spotting. Despite the minor faults, this is a very impressive looking card which as can easily be seen has an overall appearance far better than suggested by its technical grade. It is a very attractive Hall of Famer example from one of card collecting's scarcest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet-card issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,300
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