Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
Although Allen & Ginter and Old Judges both surfaced in 1887, the Allen & Ginter Champions set is believed to be the first nationally distributed baseball set. These ultra attractive cards were distributed in packs of Allen & Ginter cigarettes and included ten star baseball players as well as other popular figures of the day (e.g., Annie Oakley, John Sullivan, Buffalo Bill Cody, etc.), with a total of 50 different subjects portrayed in brilliant color lithographic images. The most highly sought after Hall of Famer from the ten baseball player group is the immortal Adrian “Cap” Anson, presented here in a magnificent SGC 84/7 holder. Currently, SGC has encapsulated approximately 70 Anson examples with a meager 5 graded higher! The Allen & Ginter cards are highly desirable 19th century baseball collectibles as they included some of the games most prominent 19th century Hall of Famers including Anson, Keefe, Clarkson, Kelly, etc. The offered legend, Adrian “Cap” Anson, is considered by many enthusiasts as the most desirable 19th century “player”. The Hall of Fame 1st baseman of the Chicago club was the first member of the illustrious 3,000 hit club, and ended a remarkable 27 year career with a .329 lifetime batting average. Furthermore he clubbed 97 home runs, and five over a two game span, in an era where only a few each season was a formidable feat. This example portrays a spectacular batting image of the majestic Chicago 1st baseman as he prepares to “stroke” another one of his 3,000+ hits. Contrast and coloring is virtually un-improvable, set against a blemish free snow white background. The edging is straight, and to the naked eye, the corners appear to portray the pin point characteristics of a NM-MT example. The reverse side blue “World Champions” checklist portrays outstanding registration, set against a snow white background. In summary, the overall aesthetics provide a “pack fresh” aesthetic appeal synonymous with peak level copies. We can’t imagine many other Cap Anson specimens besting the superior museum worthy qualities of this outstanding offering!
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