Lot # 63: 1899-1900 M101-1 Sporting News Charles "Kid" Nichols

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Extremely rare and significant example of Hall of Famer Charles "Kid" Nichols from the M101-1 Sporting News premium set. This sepia-toned set was issued with the Sporting News in 1899 and 1900. The fact that this issue is designed with a biography on the reverse makes it all the more substantial. Each premium was issued on only a single day and is dated in the upper right. They were intended to be collected over a period of months, and their purpose was to provide extra value and encourage loyalty among readers. Their method of issue and the thin paper stock on which they are printed make these unusual and striking premiums particularly susceptible to damage. The Nichols premium was issued only on May 6, 1899, and features the future Hall of Famer as pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters. The central image is outstanding with only a few minor flaws, including creasing and tiny tears on the edges, rendering the premium technically modest in grade. The M101-1 Sporting News set, designed with a biography on the reverse, is much more "card-like" than most other premium issues. In fact, of special significance is the fact that M101-1 is the very first set featuring Major League baseball players that is designed with biographies on the reverse at all, an element that became a standard feature of many future baseball-card sets. Not all collectors recognize premiums as cards due to their size and thin stock, but for those who do not make this distinction, this M101-1 Sporting News premium of Hall of Famer "Kid" Nichols would be a worthy addition. Dimensions: 8.75 x 11 inches. Reserve $100.

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