Lot # 90: 1888 R.T.S. Artistic Series Baseball Die-Cuts SGC-Graded Complete Set (10)

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM

Complete set of ten 1888 R.T.S Artistic Series baseball diecuts issued by Raphael Tuck & Sons of Germany, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC. The uniforms of these colorful scrapbook diecuts represent baseball's major franchise cities of 1888. The teams represented are Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh from the National League; and Baltimore, Brooklyn, and St. Louis from the American Association. This seems an ideal time to document a long-standing and obscure hobby mystery relating to the identification of this issue in the past as "R & S Artistic." The actual name of the set is "R.T.S. Artistic Series." The Raphael Tuck & Son's "RTS" company logo can easily be misinterpreted as reading "R & S" and this error was apparently made long ago and has been repeated for years in countless publications. The set was originally issued in sheet form, with players diecut but attached by easily separated tabs. (The R.T.S. logo appears on one of the connecting tabs.) Little else is known regarding how these diecuts were distributed. It is believed they were sold for the express purpose of gluing into scrapbooks, which was a very popular pastime of the day. SGC Grading Composite: One NM 84: Philadelphia. One VG/EX+ 55: Detroit. One VG/EX 50: Chicago. Two VG 40: Boston and Brooklyn. One GOOD+ 35: New York. Two GOOD 30: Indianapolis and Pittsburg. Two FAIR 20: Baltimore and St. Louis. This is a very attractive complete set of these rare and very colorful nineteenth-century baseball diecut cards, which represent one of the most outstanding values of all nineteenth-century card issues. Total: 10 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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