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1911 M131 Baltimore Newsboy Bob Bescher

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200

Graded FAIR 20 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is a very attractive sample card from the rare M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series, featuring Bob Bescher of the Cincinnati Reds. The 1911 M131 Baltimore News "Newsboys" series is an incredibly rare baseball-card issue. This set is very similar in design to George Close Candy, but with each player image printed against a light blue background on the front and with the checklist-reverse featuring advertising along the top, which reads, “The Baltimore News Newsboys Series – Prize of $1.00 to First 35 Boys Getting Full Set of the Following." Based on the reverse advertising, this set may have been a special promotion produced for and marketed exclusively to the Baltimore News newsboys. This type of severely limited distribution would certainly account for their extreme rarity. Jefferson Burdick gave this E94-related issue its own catalog number (M131) in the American Card Catalog because it is clearly a distinct issue from E94. Though technically in modest grade, this is still a very attractive card, with even rounding to the corners, outstanding centering, bold colors, and a crisp, clean image. Light creasing is responsible for the assigned grade. The reverse is boldly printed and almost entirely clean, which is especially desirable for a sample card from this extremely rare prewar set. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200

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