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Helmar "R318" "Hey Batter" Collection (65) with Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Wagner, Gibson, Jackson, and Thorpe
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,080
Collection of sixty-five "Hey Batter" cards, similar in style to the 1934-1936 R318 National Chicle Batter-Up issue, manufactured by the Helmar Brewing Company. These sepia-toned cards (which often include hues of blue, red, and yellow) are interesting because of their unusual die-cut design that allows for the top of the card to be folded over so that it can stand upright (leaving the top half of the player image vertical). This series, which began production in 2013 and is skip-numbered #1-307, is currently complete at 204 cards; however, new cards are still being produced (the new cards will incorporate the 103 numbers which have been skipped in the set). The production number for each of the sixty-five cards offered here was limited to just twenty-five total. Each card measures 2.25 x 3 inches. In keeping with Helmar's tradition, this set includes not only Hall of Fame and non Hall of Fame players, but also minor-league stars, Negro League stars, Japanese players, corporate-team players, umpires, and even a "Bustin' Babes & Larrapin Lou's" Barnstorming card! The collection is comprised of the following: 1 Bengough, 3 Rowe, 4 W. Johnson, 6 Berger, 7 Youngs, 10 Mathewson-Johnson, 13 Farrell (Ferrell), 16 E.Collins-Evers, 18 Ruth (Bethlehem Steel), 20 J. Jackson, 22 Groh-Bancroft-Frisch-Kelly, 26 Gehrig & Ruth "Bustin' Babes & Larrapin Lou's," 28 Bell, 31 Connolly, 35 E.Collins-Cobb-Speaker, 37 Heilmann-Johnson-Rice, 39 Pinky & Bubbles Hargrave 40 Hafey, 42 Hubbell-Gomez, 43 Hartnett blocks plate, 48 Frisch-D.Dean, 55 Shore-Alexander, 57 Meyers-Thorpe, 58 Cochrane-Bottomley, 60 Stoval, 66 Crawford, 69 Rossman, 70 Mullin, 73 Willett, 77 Zamloch, 79 Rondeau, 81 Bender, 85 Wood, 89 Willis, 92 Tinker, 96 Sawamura, 99 Bescher, 101 Chance, 103 Carey, 106 Cicotte, 110 Bresnahan, 111 Bonura, 113 Bodie, 116 Bridges, 119 Gray, 122 Wynn 126 Whitehill, 127 Wheat w/boy, 132 Waner Bros., 134 Walsh, 135 Walsh, 141 Wagner, 144 Wagner, 146 Waddell, 148 Vaughn, 149 VanderMeer, 152 Terry, 153 Terry, 158 Thorpe, 162 1911 Champion A's, 170 Coveleski, 179 Crosetti, 184 Snodgrass, 193 Daubert, and 213 J. Gibson. As a point of reference, it should be noted that in sirraffles' most recent individual eBay auctions for the sixty-five cards in this collection, the cumulative sale total was in excess of $3,650. 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. Total: 65 cards.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,080
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