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 a super popular Hall of Famer, the legendary Charles Comsikey in an outstanding PSA 7 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated 101 Comiskey examples with only 3 or less than 3% 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, Comiskey, etc. One of those key Hall of Famers, 1st baseman and renowned owner Charles Comiskey, is famous for being the founding father of the Chicago White Sox, owning the ball club for an astounding 31 years. Yet, what few people realize is that he was a major contributor to many of our National Pastime’s innovations. He assisted Ban Johnson in creating the American League. On the field, he revolutionized the 1st base position by allowing pitchers to cover the bag on ground balls hit wide of 1st base, and he was one of the original manager’s to position fielders for different batters.
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