1914 Baltimore News Dave Danforth (Red) SGC Poor 1 - Previ...
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Description1914 Baltimore News Dave Danforth (Red) SGC Poor 1 - Previously Unknown! In July of 2020, for the first time ever, the first known 1914 Baltimore News card of Dave Danforth was discovered and brought to auction. The set in question was produced by the "Baltimore News" newspaper showcasing the Baltimore Orioles of the International League in 1914. A century later the roster rested at a dozen subjects and then grew by one. The set is firmly nestled in obscurity if it wasn't for a 19-year old pitcher on the team named Babe Ruth! The treasured relic was previously a complete unknown and was consigned to Heritage by the grandson of Danforth who has had the card for the better part of fifty years. A continued search resulted in lightening striking twice. A second card of Danforth has been found, this time it is the Red variant which is the second of the two colors of which cards can be found.
Graded SGC Poor 1. The obverse presents very nicely, the reverse has obvious surface loss. The condition is really a moot point as, like its blue sibling, it is the only example known after 107 years.
More Information: "Dauntless Dave" enjoyed a long career in baseball that started in 1911 and ended in 1932. Ten of those years were spent in the majors. Danforth was labeled a spitball specialist but he denied it until the day he died. He claimed it was all part of his psychology of messing with the mind of the batter. He would act out as if he was looking to whiff a spitter past them but it seems it was all in their minds. Think about the satisfaction felt in the post-game locker room knowing you didn't just beat your opponent, you nudged them to beat themselves.
Guide Value or Estimate: $8,000 - up.
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