Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/19/2008
In 1911, the Baltimore News issued a 30 subject set similar to the George Close Candy issue. All the players and
Checklist numbers were similar and the first 35 boys completing the set were offered $35. The difference in
this ultra scarce Regional issue vs. the E94 candy cards is that all Baltimore News players were issued with a soft,
powder blue background with the back of the cards displaying advertisement for the Baltimore News Newsboy
Series. To place the rarity of these cards in perspective, of the 30 different players, PSA and SGC combined, have
only encapsulated 60 cards. The condition sensitivity is apparent when considering that the Tris Speaker card offered here in and SGC 40/3 has not been exceeded by any other Speaker and the highest grade for ANY
Baltimore Newsboy card is a ‘4’ with only 3 achieving this level.
Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, the great Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indian center fielder, has been compared with
both Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays as possibly being the greatest centerfielder to ever play the game. The “Grey
Eagle”, his popular nickname, accumulated over 3,500 hits to the tune of an incredible .344 lifetime average. Just
as significant was his spectacular centerfield play where he was renowned for his ‘shallow play’. His rare batting
stance image on this Baltimore newsboy relic has been well preserved as Speaker looks ready to add another
hit to his lifetime total. The image portrays excellent centering and the edging is relatively straight. Mild
creasing and soft, rounded corners account for the technical ‘3” grade. The back depicts no major blemishes with
the checklist still exhibiting fine print registration.
Simply put, this type card is one of the scarcest issues in the hobby. High premiums are paid for Baltimore
Newsboys commons in lesser grades. What is a high end Hall of Famer worth? To place this concept in
perspective, a Ty Cobb SGC 20 just sold for approximately $25K! Is Tris Speaker in Ty Cobb’s class…no. But he
can’t be considered far behind and is certainly one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Likewise, this
Baltimore Newsboy rarity may be his greatest card ever issued!
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