Spring, 2017 Premier Auction - Closes April 1, 2017
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Distributed in the years around 1919, these oversized (4 3/8” x 6 3/8”) photographic premiums were produced by Chicago-area printer Felix Mendelsohn and sold in advertisements in The Sporting News as 100-card sets for $5.  Since the issue was produced over a number of years, more than 100 subjects are known, and several had their team affiliations change as they were traded during the set’s production run.

Today, the cards are reasonably scarce; it is uncommon to find any cards from the issue at auction.  On our recent trip through the South, we received a collection of more than 30 cards from the set including the ultra-valuable Babe Ruth (which is located in the “Featured Items” section of this auction).  Each graded by SGC, the collection includes 10 other Hall of Famers, the largest grouping of cards from this issue that we have seen at auction.

Gorgeous example of White Sox Hall of Famer Ray Schalk in full gear, catcher's mask thrown off to the side.  Graded FAIR 20, ink writing of Schalk's birthday on the reverse being the only true condition flaw responsible for such a large reduction in numerical grade.

1917-20 N101-6 Felix Mendelsohn Ray Schalk (HOF) - SGC FAIR 201917-20 N101-6 Felix Mendelsohn Ray Schalk (HOF) - SGC FAIR 20
1917-20 N101-6 Felix Mendelsohn Ray Schalk (HOF) - SGC FAIR 20
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $420
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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