1914 Boston Garter Frank Baker SGC 10 Poor 1 - The Only Example Known. The extremely rare 1914 Boston Garter series offers only a dozen baseball subjects but most are members of Baseball's Hall of Fame. Each example of these advertising display pieces is hotly pursued because the next opportunity the acquire another may not ever present itself. This 3-7/8" x 8-1/4" full color rarity must certainly have to be the rarest Baker collectible second only to his notoriously rare Fan cigarette card. Their rarity is explained on the reverse which proclaims how only one card was placed inside each box of 12 garters. Probably given to a store's best customer. How many men had the luxury of purchasing an excessive amount of sock supports, especially with the rumbles of war growing louder on the horizon? This is the only confirmed copy of a 1914 Boston Garter Frank Baker known to exist. No like copy has been recorded by PSA. The card does have obvious condition issues. There is only one crease (upper right), border surface chipping limited to the borders leading into the lower left corner and the upper left corner is lost to history. The other corners show light wear to slight rounding. The front surface has a couple small spots of loss and shows faint soiling. The reverse has some staining and surface loss in the lower right. All copy, including Baker's batting and fielding stats, is intact with only the surrounding keyline being affected. Condition issues aside, the physical integrity of the card is strong. The rich colors and precise registration combine for an attractive display. One of his most attractive and unquestionably rare Frank Baker items.

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