Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIV
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/30/2018
Within the past several years, a deep, almost sanctified appreciation has evolved throughout the memorabilia circuit for the scarcest, most eclectic pre WWI cardboard issues. Of the myriad of innovative cards that continue to surface, none could be rarer, more valuable or popular than the sparse 1914 Boston Garters produced by the George Frost Company in Boston, Ma. A single card was included in each carton that carried one dozen Garters. Measuring approximately 3 “¾” x 6 “¼”, each of the 10 issued subjects included a green/blue tinted image of a fashionable player on the front-side, with the reverse including the 10 player checklist and Boston Garter advertisement. For the handful of remaining known issues, all appear to have a “hand cut” top edge. This is why the magnificent presented example of the immortal Hall of Fame 2nd baseman Napoleon Lajoie has been graded an SGC “Authentic”. Of utmost significance is the clear understanding that the “Authentication” label, as collectors perceive it by today’s standards, cannot be applied to this offering. In other words, NO restoration, whatsoever, has been applied to this iconic treasure! In the event that SGC changes their grading policy regarding the 1914 Boston Garter issue (thus forgoing the top edge cut), a technical grade between “G – VG” would surely be assigned. This is due to the myriad of aesthetically pleasing qualities starting with the superior registration portrayed by Nap Lajoie’s legendary batting stance image. Lajoie, arguably, the greatest 2nd baseman in baseball history, accumulated over 3,300 lifetime hits, and this stoic batting pose is the perfect testament to his batting superiority. The marvelous contrast allows the viewer to see Lajoie’s immense intensity as he prepares to stroke another one of his base hits. The borders, while displaying some edge chipping and toning synonymous with an artifact almost 100 years old, remain intact and very well centered. The backside jet black print contrast is bold, and only a few areas of toning near the upper left corner and at the end of Mathewson’s name detract from its overall cleanliness. Very rarely does a card of this magnitude come along, a virtual un-paralleled artifact sought after by enthusiasts at the highest level. Just the mention of “Boston Garter” arouses the utmost hobby interest because, simply stated, there just aren’t any available. Of the ten possible subjects, along with Mathewson and Speaker, this Lajoie example rates as the most desirable card, a 1939 Hall of Fame induction class member admired and respected by an entire nation.
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1914 Boston Garter Sepia Nap Lajoie SGC Authenticated

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Minimum Bid: $2,800.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,065.60
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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