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This lot represents a simply remarkable opportunity to find a nearly complete set of the classic 1914 B18 Blankets, one of the most spectacular and intriguing major league baseball issues of all time, presented here in a condition that is not likely to have ever been approached. The offered near-set of 179 Blankets is broadly in Ex-Mt to Near-Mint condition, with the emphasis to the upper end of the spectrum and with a handful of the Blankets falling below the range and detailed in the breakdown below. This extraordinary array is missing only the Blankets from Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson, some of which are offered as individual lots in this same auction, plus a Miller Huggins variation and the ultra-rare Red Infield variations, which due to their extreme rarity are not typically listed in guides as part of a complete set. The only other missing specimens (3) are: Frank Chance – Yellow Pennant/Blue Infield; Jack Graney Yellow Pennant; and Tommy Griffith White Infield/Red Pennant. That incredibly comprehensive lineup makes this offering a true hobby milestone, making it arguably the finest such opportunity to complete a near master set in a condition that has to be seen to be believed. The offered Blankets – a misnomer for what are actually flannels but are so dubbed because of the tendency in the first half of the century to sew them together as “blankets” – are simply stunning, with bold, vivid colors and superb contrast, most virtually devoid of the dreaded fraying that so frequently confronts this issue. In most cases, there is no discernible difference in condition between the two variations; the occasional instances of staining, bleeding or discoloration are noted, along with a few instances of paper residue on the back, that last not thought of as a major detraction since it represents part of the original packaging and is typically easily removed. The 5 ¼-inch-square panels were issued one-per-package with a number of cigarette and tobacco brands of the period and remain one of the most elegant and exotic issues of their time or any time since. Finding so many of these treasures in such impeccable and consistent condition would seem to be an insurmountable challenge. As noted, the condition range is essentially Ex-Mt to Near-Mint, with the handful condition anomalies noted below. The breakdown (the parenthesis indicates the two variations: there is virtually no duplication, and noted): Adams (2) – Red Pennant - Ex, Agnew (2) – Red Basepath - Ex, Ainsmith (2) – Brown Pennant - adhesive, Austin (2), Baker (2) – Brown Infield – small stain, Bassler (2) – Yellow Pennant – light staining reverse, Bauman (2) – Brown Infield – Ex – some discoloration, Boone (2), George Burns (2) – Brown Basepath – some discoloration and Green Basepath – Ex, Tioga George Burns, Carey (2), Cavanaugh (2) – White Infield – some light staining and Brown Infield – Ex, Kavanaugh (1), Chance (2), Chapman (2) – Purple Pennant – Good and Yellow Pennant – Ex, Cole (2) both Ex, Connolly (2), Coveleski (2) – White Infield – Ex with some staining, Cutshaw (2) – Blue Infield – Ex, Daubert (2), Demmitt (2) – White Infield – paper residue and Brown Infield – Ex, Doak (2), Dolan (2) – Yellow Pennant – Ex, some staining, Doyle (2) – Brown Basepath – Ex, some staining, Fletcher (2), Foster (2), Gainor (2), Gandil (2) – Brown Basepath – Ex, some staining, Gibson (2) – Purple Pennant – some light staining on reverse, Gowdy (2) – White Infield – light staining on reverse, Graney (1) – Purple Pennant - Very Good, Griffith (2), Hamilton (2), Hartzell (2), Huggins (1) Purple Pennant, Hummel (2), Hyatt (2), James (2), Johnson (3) – Green Pennants – some bleeding of red borders – Brown Pennants – two examples, one Near-Mint and one Good, Keating (2), Kelley (2), Konetchy (2) – Red Pennant – some light fraying and Purple Pennant – Ex, Liebold (2) – Purple Pennant – some staining and Yellow Pennant – Very Good with some fading, Maisel (2), Mann (2), Maranville (2), McAlister (2), McBride (2), Meyers (2), Millan (2), J. Miller (2), O. Miller (2), Mitchell (2) – Yellow Pennant poorly cut, Moeller (2), Morgan (3) – one duplicate poorly cut, Moriarty (2) – White Infield – paper residue and Brown Infield – Excellent with paper residue, Mowrey (2), Murray (2), Olson (2), O’Neill (3) – Yellow Pennant Good – poorly cut and Purple Pennant – Fair with fading, O’Toole (2), Peckinpaugh (2), Perdue (2), Pratt (2), Robinson (2), Rucker (2), Sallee (2), Shanks (2), Shotton (2) – Purple Basepath with some discoloration, Smith (2) – Blue Infield – paper residue, Snodgrass (2), Steele (2), Stengel (2) – Blue Infield Very Good, Sweeney (2), Tesreau (2), Turner (2) – both Good with discoloration, Tyler (2) – White Infield paper residue, Viox (2) – Purple Pennant some staining, Wagner (2), Wallace (2) – Red Basepath some discoloration, Dee Walsh Brown Infield – paper residue, Jimmy Walsh (2) – Brown Infield paper residue, Whaling (3) – extra Brown Infield – Fair and poorly cut, Wheat (2), Whitted (2) – Yellow Pennant Fair, Williams (2) – light staining on both, Wilson (2) – Yellow Pennant Very Good but poorly cut, and Wiltse (2).
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Incredible 1914 B18 Blankets Near-Master Set in High Grade (179)

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