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    1912 H813-1 Boston Garter Nap Rucker SGC 20 Fair 1.5. In 1912, Boston Garter released the first of their three baseball-themed promotions. The debut effort was designated H813 by Jefferson Burdick in the ACC. They spared no expense in creating what are now ranked as one of the most beautiful and colorful card sets ever issued. The sixteen-man checklist consists of one player for each of the existing Major League teams. Each player is depicted either standing or sitting on a chair in the dugout right in the middle of getting dressed after what was surely a well-fought nine-inning battle.

    Since the advertised product is Boston-brand garters, which are used to hold up men's socks, it is with a slight chuckle that one begins to understand why the players are hanging around the dugout in boxer shorts or long underwear, caps, garters (of course) and socks. Their shoes were added in for a sense of modesty.

    The cards could be bought from retailers or could be acquired directly from the company. It is believed they were also issued in strips to be used as store displays. The cost was the princely sum of 8 for 10 cents or 16 for 20 cents when they were requested via mail. The offered SGC 20 Fair 1.5 example of Brooklyn's Nap Rucker is actually one of the more modest cards in the set. Nap Rucker was one of the top pitchers in the majors at the time. In 1912, he won 18 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers after coming off a 22 win season in 1911. This is currently the only graded example of Rucker on record with a mere six others reviewed by SGC.

    We believe there are fewer than a couple dozen cards throughout the entire hobby known to exist. The partially clothed depictions and their large dimension (4" x 8 1/4") are possibly two major reasons for their rarity. What is clear is they are without question among the rarest of all baseball issues. This rare card is in technically fair condition but displays very nicely. Although it has some small creases, it retains the bright, bold, original color of its fabulous image of Rucker seated beneath his Brooklyn uniform. Thankfully, most of the wear and damage affects the borders with the images displaying boldly. Pants or no pants, this is a very significant card representing one of the rarest of all type cards in the entire hobby.

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