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Helmar H813-4 Boston Garter (17) with Collins, Joe Jackson, Lajoie, Hornsby, Speaker, and Thorpe.
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200
Collection of seventeen different cards (4.25 x 8.5 inches), similar in design to the H813 Boston Garter series, issued by the Helmar Brewing Company. This is undoubtedly one of the most attractive of all Helmar card sets and one that artfully captures the spirit of the originals. It should be noted that this issue was only produced during the two-year period 2012-2013 and has been completed, with forty-five cards comprising the set. All of the cards bear a "2012" copyright stamp on the reverse. Total production was limited to just twenty sets. The seventeen players represented here are Frank "Home Run" Baker, Roger Bresnahan, Frank Chance, Fred Clarke, Sam Crawford, Eddie Collins, Johnny Evers, Heine Groh, Rogers Hornsby, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Wee Willie Keeler, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Chief Meyers, Tris Speaker, Joe Tinker, and Jim Thorpe. As a point of reference, it should be noted that in sirraffles' most recent individual eBay auctions for the seventeen cards in this collection, the cumulative sale total was in excess of $3,300. Like all of the Helmar issues, these cards were intentionally produced with a distressed look, with most having rounded corners and rubbed edges. Near Mint condition overall with the exception of Clarke (small abrasion to the left of his face). Total: 17 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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