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1894 N142 Duke Cabinet Wilbert Robinson
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,700
Beautiful example of Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson 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. This a very attractive example of the Hall of Famer dating from his playing days as catcher for the legendary Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s. Robinson is naturally one of the highlights to the set, and is considered by many to be particularly rare. This is a superb example, with bold colors, a flawless image, and very minor wear to the edges and corners. A small area of staining in the upper right corner and along a part of the extreme right edge, as well as a pinhole in the center of the top border, would ultimately cause this card to grade modestly if submitted for professional grading. The back has scattered toning and staining carrying over from the same areas on the front. The condition problems do not affect the image of Robinson, which is bright and clean. There are very few cards of Robinson, as his career spanned the years 1886 to 1902. Despite these minor faults, this is an extremely impressive-looking card which has an overall appearance far better than suggested by its technical grade. It is a very attractive and particularly desirable Hall of Famer example from one of card collecting's rarest and most highly prized nineteenth-century cabinet-card issues. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $5,700
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