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1902 W600 Sporting Life Napoleon Lajoie - Extremely Rare Green Mount!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $45,000
Presented is a stunning example of Cleveland Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie from the W600 Sporting Life cabinet-card set. While the offered example would be impressive and noteworthy alone for its assigned grade of EX-MT 6 (MK) by PSA, it is further remarkable for its extremely rare green mount. This is one of only three examples confirmed to date with this dark green mount according to several advanced collectors and W600 scholars. (The other players known are Hall of Famers Rube Waddell and Bobby Wallace.) This is the first such example that we have ever had the privilege of offering. W600s are one of the rarest sets from the early part of the century, and are one of the most substantial and well-made card sets ever produced. They have, with good reason, always been highly prized by serious collectors. Even without taking into consideration the extremely rare mount color, this is one of the rarest and most impressive of all Napoleon Lajoie cards. Bright, fresh, and impeccably clean, with a crisp image of Lajoie in street clothes. The mount is virtually flawless, with very light touches of wear visible at the corners. The blank reverse displays scattered spots of foxing and an ink stamp for "Peter Tamony, 2876 24th St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110." The stamp is responsible for the assigned qualifier and is the only flaw to speak of on this magnificent example. An extremely significant addition to any advanced Nap Lajoie, W600 Sporting Life, Hall of Fame, type-card, or prewar-card collection. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $45,000
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