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1899 M101-1 Sporting News Elmer Flick (Rookie)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300
Extremely rare and significant example of Elmer Flick's true rookie card, from the highly regarded M101-1 Sporting News premium set, issued in 1899. This sepia-toned premium set was issued with the Sporting News between the years 1899 and 1900. The fact that this rare premium issue is designed with a biography on the reverse makes this set all the more substantial. Each premium was issued on only a single day and is dated in the upper right. They were intended to be collected over a period of months, as issued, and their purpose was to provide extra value and to encourage loyalty among readers of the Sporting News. Their method of issue and the thin paper stock on which they are printed make these unusual and striking premiums particularly susceptible to damage. The Flick premium was issued only on November 11, 1899. The M101-1 Sporting News set, designed with a biography on the reverse exactly like traditional card issues produced in later years, is much more "card-like" than most other premium issues. Of special significance is the fact that M101-1 is the very first set featuring Major League baseball players that is designed with biographies on the reverse at all, a design element that in the years to follow came to be a standard defining feature of many baseball-card sets. Not all collectors recognize premiums as cards due to their size and thin stock, but for those who do not make this distinction, the M101-1 Sporting News premium of Elmer Flick is without question the earliest issue for this Hall of Famer and represents his rookie card. The premium (8.75 x 11 inches) displays a few light-to-moderate creases along the top and bottom borders, as well as two extremely light vertical creases on either side of Flick's image. It must be noted that the premium, as issued, misidentified Flick as a member of "Boston" in print below his name (he was with Philadelphia) and, as a result, a former owner has crossed out the word "Boston" and written "Phila" below it in what appears to be blue-colored pencil; otherwise technically in Very Good condition overall, but Excellent in its overall appearance. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $300
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