This near-complete set of 46 playing cards features what many collectors consider the finest portrait poses of turn-of-the-century ballplayers ever produced on baseball cards. Missing the following eight cards for completion: Ames, Beckley, Bresnahan, M. Brown, Kelley, Phillippe, H. Wagner, and Willis. Issued in 1906 by the Fan Craze Company of Cincinnati, these cards were designed as a deck of baseball-game playing cards. Seven Hall of Famers are represented, including Frank Chance, Ned Hanlon, and John McGraw. Also included is National League President Harry Pulliam. 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 27% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 33% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 40% Vg to Vg-Ex (including two lesser and two with erasure marks). Ten cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA. Keys: Chance (Gd+), Clarke (Vg-Ex+), Duffy (PSA-VG-EX 4), Hanlon (Vg), Huggins (Ex-Mt), McGinnity (Vg), McGraw (Pr-Fr due to tear of left edge and spot of paper loss on reverse), and header card (Vg). Additional PSA-Graded Cards: NM-MT 8 (2 cards): Pulliam and Sheckard. NM 7 (2 cards): Beaumont and G. Brown. EX-MT 6 (2 cards): Corcoran and Leach. EX 5 (2 cards): Casey and Tenney. VG-EX 4 (1 card): Kling. Also includes the following six duplicates: G. Brown (Ex), Corcoran (Nr/Mt), Dooin (Vg-Ex), Leach (Vg+), Lundgren (Vg), and Pulliam (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. 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: 53 cards (near-complete set of 46 plus header card and 6 duplicates).
Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.