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 an outstanding example of the star 19th century pitcher R.L. Caruthers in a PSA NM-MT 8 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated 98 Caruthers examples with only ONE 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. One of their prominent non-HOF stars is ace Brooklyn pitcher R.L. Caruthers. This Caruthers “NM-MT” offering represents a player that, some day, just might be elected to baseball’s illustrious Hall of Fame. Caruthers ended his career as a 218 game winner and won 40 games TWICE in his career! Add the fact that he was a formidable hitting outfielder, it perplexes many experts why he already isn’t enshrined in Cooperstown. What a splendid artistic looking portrait image of Caruthers that portrays perfect contrast, set against a dazzling white background. The perimeter corners and edging are super sharp, and the blue print “World’s Champions” back side checklist is vividly registered. Overall, how could any card possibly surpass the miraculous aesthetics this offering provides? Any cardboard artifact exceeding 120 years of age must be taken seriously. Place it in a NM-MT holder, and you have a true museum worthy masterpiece. This is an incredible offering, rarely seen at this tier and capable of finding a home in the most advanced collection. Additionally, after taking into account Caruthers career statistics (especially as a pitcher), the shrewd enthusiast should seize this magnificent card before Caruthers’ eventual enshrinement into baseball’s Hall of Fame elevates the value of his high end artifacts.
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