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1912 H813 Boston Garter Johnny Kling
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,560
Presented is an example of Boston Braves catcher Johnny Kling 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 the only individual card example of Kling we have ever seen. (Kling is one of the cards featured on the large Boston Garter displays, alongside Hugh Jennings, an example of which is offered in this auction.) 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 example, Kling is standing next to his suitcase (with "Kling Boston" on the case) and with his Boston 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. The offered example of Kling features bold colors and a virtually flawless image, with only light staining in a few spots. As can be seen in the accompanying illustration, the bottom 1.5 inches of the card displays advanced paper loss and part of the card missing. Fortunately this significant flaw has miraculously managed to avoid much of the most important sections of the image. 1912 Boston Garters measure 4 x 8.25 inches. This is a particularly interesting and extremely rare opportunity to acquire a sample from the legendary 1912 Boston Garter set at a potentially significant discount compared to the cost of one without the condition issues of the offered example. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,560
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