Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/13/2009
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. Presented here is the most highly sought after Hall of Famer of those ten baseball players, the immortal Adrian “Cap” Anson in a magnificent PSA 7 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated 132 Anson examples with only 13 or less than 10% 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 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. After reviewing this card thoroughly, we are frustrated as to why it did not achieve a higher technical grade? 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 dazzling, snow white background. The edging is straight, and to the naked eye, the corners appear pin point. 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 worthy of cards at a much higher grade. We can’t imagine any Anson offering besting the miraculous museum qualities of this offering, such that a multitude of advanced enthusiasts are already planning on adding it to their collection.
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