Lot # 137: 1906 Fan Craze American League Playing Card Near-Complete Set (49/51)

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 66 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

This near-complete set of 49 playing cards (missing just Ban Johnson and Connie Mack) features what many collectors consider the finest portrait poses of turn-of-the-century ballplayers ever produced on baseball cards. Issued in 1906 by the Fan Craze Company of Cincinnati, these cards were designed as a deck of baseball-game playing cards. Thirteen Hall of Famers are represented, including Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, and Addie Joss. The Fan Craze set has a special significance to collectors, as it is one of the few sets issued in the earliest years of the twentieth century, and includes many players who appear in no other card sets. Because of its year of issue, it is also one of the few sets that include a blend of 1910 era stars along with players who made their mark in the nineteenth century. Condition of the near-complete set is 22% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 38% Ex to Ex-Mt, 28% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 12% lesser. Ten cards have been graded and encapsulated by SGC (9) and PSA (1). Keys: Bender (SGC NM 7), Chesbro (Vg-Ex), J. Collins (Vg-Ex), Crawford (SGC VG/EX 4), Flick (pencil mark on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex+), Griffith (Ex), Joss (Gd), Keeler (Ex-Mt), Lajoie (SGC EX/NM 6), Plank (Gd due mostly to spot stains), Waddell (Pr), Wallace (Vg/Vg-Ex), Young (PSA EX-MT 6), and header card (Ex). Additional SGC-Graded Cards: NM+ 86 (2 cards): David and McGuire. NM 84 (2 cards): Cross and Turner. EX 60 (2 cards): Altrock and Sudhoff. Also includes the following seven duplicates: M. Cross (Vg), Elberfeld (Vg), Ferris (Vg+), Jacobson (Vg), McAleer (Gd+), Patten (erased pencil on front, otherwise Vg-Ex), and header card (Vg-Ex). This is a very attractive set, which was probably played with a few times back in 1906, and has been stored from the elements ever since. Fan Craze's American League series is seen far less than the National League series. In fact, this is only the third near-complete set (or complete) that we have ever offered in the last seventeen years! This spectacular prewar set is one of the few, and one of the most important, issues of the era, and in the opinion of many also represents one of the best values of all cards issued in the early 1900s. Total: 57 cards (near-complete set of 49 plus 2 header cards and 6 duplicate players). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.

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