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1912 H813 Boston Garter Ed Walsh
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,100
Presented is an example of Hall of Famer Ed Walsh from the H813 Boston Garter series. The offered example is one of six H813 Boston Garter cards recently discovered within a 1910-era scrapbook. All six cards were cut from the scrapbook (which included other period trade cards, nonsport cards, and advertisements) and are still affixed to a yellow backing. Each card is presented individually in this auction, encapsulated as Authentic by SGC and designated as skinned because the back layer of the cards, which bears the advertising and checklist as outlined above, is missing (the corners of a few of the cards are loosened from the scrapbook paper and close inspection reveals the cards are a little thinner than usual due to being skinned).
The 1912 Boston Garter set is one of the most beautiful card issues ever produced. It is also one of the rarest. In fact, as duly noted in the Standard Catalog, these cards are so rare that if it were not for the checklist which appears on the back of each card, we would not even know what players comprise the set, let alone that there are sixteen cards to the set (each team is represented by one player). This is only the second example of Walsh we have ever seen. The first was one of the highlights of a remarkable find in the 1990s of eight 1912 Boston Garters discovered by the family of a turn-of-the-century traveling salesman who sold Boston Garter products. (It was offered in REA's Spring 2014 auction, realizing $22,515.) 1912 Boston Garters are unique in that each features a player in the locker room, without pants, in the midst of getting dressed, proudly displaying his Boston-brand garters. In the background are beautiful stadium scenes, featuring ballplayers on the field. On this magnificent example, Walsh is sitting next to his suitcase (with "Ed. Walsh Chicago" on the side of his case and also with "E.W. C.A." on the edge of his case) and with his White Sox uniform hanging on the wall, as he prepares to dress prior to taking the field. The unparalleled quality of the lithography and the unique concept of the set both contribute to making 1912 Boston Garters one of the most distinctive and noteworthy baseball-card sets ever issued. They are also one of the rarest of all prewar sample cards. The offered example of Walsh is bright and crisp, with bold colors and a virtually flawless image. A few light creases are present in the bottom two corners, and the extreme tip of the lower right corner is detached from the card (but still present). 1912 Boston Garters measure 4 x 8.25 inches. This is a particularly interesting and exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive sample from the legendary 1912 Boston Garter set at a potentially significant discount to the cost of one without the condition issues of the offered example.
Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,100
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