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Issued in 1888 by New York-based Goodwin & Co, the "Champions" set featured 50 cards of various sportsmen, along with Wild West star Buffalo Bill Cody.  The fifty cards were inserted into packages of Old Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes.  The colorful lithographs are often cited as the most beautiful cards of the 19th Century, each boasting a vivid, detailed design set against a colorful background.  The issue includes eight baseball players including iconic cards of both King Kelly and Cap Anson, as well as the earliest-known football card, of Yale's Harry Beecher.  Also notable are cards of Cody, boxers Jem Smith and John L Sullivan, and the extremely noteworthy presence of an African-American athlete on a mainstream trading card, that of three-time Kentucky Derby winner, jockey Isaac Murphy.  

Presented here is an extraordinary complete set of 50, a mixed-grade set with a wonderful, consistent appearance throughout.  All but eight of the cards have been graded by SGC, with the remaining cards graded by PSA.  A complete breakdown by condition is as follows:

SGC EX/NM  80 (1 card): Captain Boardus; SGC EX+ 70 (1 card): Myers; PSA EX 5 (2 cards): Steinitz, Zukertort; SGC EX 60 (5 cards): James Albert, Ed Andrews, Pat Fitzgerald, Jake Gaudaur, Hanlan;  PSA VG-EX 4 (5 cards): Daly, Dwight, Jake Kilrain, Muldoon, Sexton; SGC VG/EX 50 (8 cards): D'Oro, Charlie Mitchell, Prince, Rowe, Rowell, Slosson, Stevens, Charles Wood, SGC VG 40 (8 cards): Beach, Beeckman, Bob Caruthers, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sure Shot Dunlap, Jack Glasscock, Taylor, Wood; SGC GOOD+ 35 (1 card): Tim Keefe (HOF); PSA GOOD 2 (2 cards): Cap Anson (HOF), King Kelly (HOF); SGC GOOD 30 (6 cards): Dan Brouthers (HOF), Jack Dempsey, Capt/ MacKenzie, McLaughlin, Teemer, Vignaux;  SGC FAIR 20 (6 cards): Joe Acton, Isaac Murphy, Byrd Page, Duncan Ross, Schaefer, Emil Voss;  SGC POOR 10 (4 cards): "Snapper" Carrison, Sears, Jem Smith, John L. Sullivan;   SGC A (1 card): Harry Beecher.

This is an extraordinary set.  Even the cards of lower technical grade present consistently higher, the cards mostly evenly matched, as the set was assembled card-by-card by a dedicated collector of 19th Century material with a strong eye for colorful, attractive cards.  Of the group, the Tim Keefe does exhibit moderate paper loss on the front of the card, and the Isaac Murphy does exhibit corners worn more severely than the rest of the set.  The Beecher card presents as a VG/EX example with what appears to be a very slight trim along the right edge.  Despite all this, the cards look wonderful, the most colorful and attractive of all the 19th Century card issues.  50 cards total.

Please note that a modest reserve has been placed on this set, well below the actual value of the cards.  As per our policy, the actual dollar amount of the reserve will be disclosed when there are 7 days remaining in the auction, provided that the reserve has not been met at that point.  

PLEASE NOTE that the reserve on this piece has been set at a very reasonable $15,000.

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1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Complete Graded Set (50)
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Auction closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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