Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/20/2012
In 1888, Goodwin & Company issued a beautiful 50 card set in direct completion of the 1887 Allen & Ginter set. These exquisite cards were distributed in packs of Gypsy Queen and Old Judge cigarettes and included eight baseball players as well as other popular sports athletes of the day including football, cyclists, tennis, chess, etc. The concept, synonymous to the 1933 Sports King set, is significantly receptive to avid enthusiasts. The set’s most actively sought after and valuable subject is the immortal 19th century Hall of Famer, Adrian “Cap” Anson, presented here in an outstanding PSA 6 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated nearly 55 Cap Anson examples with only 5 others at this lofty plateau and 7 graded higher! The Goodwin Champion cards are ultra popular with vintage enthusiasts most likely due to their brilliant assortment of color patterns, with most other 19th century cards and cabinets depicted in either Sepia toned or black & white cardboard. The offered legend, Adrian “Cap” Anson, is by far the most illustrious “player” for any 19th century collector. 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. Speaking of which, this 1888 N162 Goodwin Champion offering is a marvelous home run in itself! Anson’s stoic lithographic portrait image is perfectly registered and emanates a brilliant array of blue, yellow, orange and pink hues tones. The image is well centered between four relatively clean borders, with a perimeter including four strong right angled corners and fine edging. Rounding out its splendid condition are virtually clean surfaces and a strong checklist back. Only some modest corner wear situated near the lower right corner tip may be the only flaw preventing this card from achieving a near mint technical assessment. Considering this museum worthy masterpiece has now surpassed the 124 year mark, it is virtually unfathomable that it has retained a majority of its original pristine qualities. Arguably, Cap Anson qualifies as the most desirable 19th century player, and now is your golden opportunity to seize his most miraculous eye pleasing cardboard keepsake carrying a superior “EX-MT” PSA technical assessment!
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