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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet William Nash
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Beautiful example of William Nash 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. Offered is a magnificent sample from this legendary set of early Boston star third baseman William Nash. The card is bright, crisp, and clean, with virtually no edge wear, flawlessly bold colors, and a very slightly chipped corner in the lower right. A few insignificant surface wrinkles are visible in the bottom and left borders under close inspection. The back has scattered natural toning and age spotting. Overall strong Very Good to Excellent appearance. This is an outstanding example of one of card collecting's rarest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet-card issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,300
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