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1914 Baltimore News Gus Gleichman
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,400
Extremely rare sample card from the legendary 1914 Baltimore News series featuring first baseman Gus Gleichman from the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. This is an extremely attractive example of one of the all-time great sample-card rarities! In addition to being extremely rare, this set is very well known as the series that includes Babe Ruth’s true rookie card as a minor leaguer (and, indeed, Gleichman was on first for Ruth's first minor league game). The Baltimore News cards feature the Baltimore Terrapins “At Home” and “Abroad” schedules on the reverse. This example presents beautifully, with outstanding centering, square corners, and a crisp image. The reverse is boldly printed, with scattered spotting, likely attributable to the card's method of storage throughout the years. Extremely careful inspection reveals that traces of blue coloring have been added to the extreme tips of the four corners and in a few spots along the edges, apparently to cover up tiny bits of wear along the delicate blue borders. This was extremely common in the old days, long before professional grading. In fact, in the past we have even seen one other blue Baltimore News card with similar, well-intentioned coloring. While this would only qualify the card for a technical grade of "Authentic" if submitted for grading, the condition of the card speaks for itself and is extremely appealing, and without question it presents as Excellent from the front. This is a tremendous sample card from the very rare and significant Baltimore News series, and it represents only the third non-Ruth example that we have ever had the privilege of offering. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,400
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