Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/13/2009
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 a stunning PSA 7 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated only 40 Cap Anson examples with a mere 3 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, his 1888 N162 Goodwin Champion offering is a marvelous home run in itself! Anson’s classic, almost daunting, portrait image is perfectly registered in a brilliant mix of blue yellow and pink tones. The clean borders are well centered, enclosed by four sharp edges and square corners that only depict diminutive wear, unnoticeable to the naked eye. The backside black print registration is superior, set against a mildly toned clean background. Considering that this card has now surpassed the 120 year mark, it is unfathomable that its overall condition could possibly be equal to its present state. Collectors simply search to find ANY Goodwin Champion Cap Anson, regardless of grade. Now take the most sought after 19th century legend, place it in a “7” holder and you have an artifact worthy of any high end Museum on the planet. Keep in mind that only a handful (3 to be exact!) have achieved a higher with only three others existing at this tier, ensuring the miniscule high grade supply of this offering. With that in mind, please don’t hesitate in your decision to seize this majestic Hall of Famer for your advanced collection.
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