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    1910-11 M116 Sporting Life Baseball Near Master Set (275/326). John Esch collection. In an era that largely meant getting your hands on baseball cards meant buying cigarettes or begging someone walking out of a tobacco store, the 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life series was a saving grace that also encouraged reading skills. Issued in distinct series, over the course of two seasons, the Sporting Life issued a total of 326 cards which included all background, back color and team change variations. A century later, M116 fans are all too aware that not every series is found in the same quantity. There are dozens and dozens of players that are encountered less often and this presentation includes almost all of them. This is just a sampling of the scarcities that make completing an M116 set that much more difficult: Abbaticchio, Austin, Barger, Beebe, Birmingham, Blackburn, Campbell, Cicotte, N. Clarke, Coveleskie, Criger, Donovan, Duffy (HOF), Ewing, Flick (HOF), Frill, Fromme, Gaspar, Graham, Hoblitzel, Hooper (HOF), Howell, Hughes, Hunter, Jacklitsch, Kroh, Kruger, McAleer, McBride, McElveen, Deacon McGuire , McIntire, McMillan, F. Mitchell, Niles, O'Hara, Payne, Pfeffer, Raymond, Richie, Rowan, Schmidt, Schweitzer, Shean, Sparks, Stovall, Suggs, Tannehill, Titus, Unglaub, Wilhelm, Willis (HoF), I. Young. See our online images for printing errors of Arrelanes Stallings, Criger and Bradley.


    Offered is a 275-card near set. Most of the cards not included here are found elsewhere in this auction. Twenty-five cards have been graded by SGC. Includes: Graded - SGC NM/MT 8: 1 card, Wolter; SGC EX/NM+ 6.5: 2 cards, Griffith and Magee; SGC EX/NM 6: 1 card, Willis; SGC 80 EX/NM 6: 1 card, Campbell; SGC EX+ 5.5: 1 card, Evers/Black Back; SGC EX 5: 2 cards, Chance/Pastel and Duffy; SGC VG-EX+ 4.5: 2 cards, Bender/Pastel and McGraw; SGC VG/EX 4: 5 cards, Baker/Black Back, Crawford, Huggins, Jennings/Pastel, Tinker; SGC VG+ 3.5: 1 card, Collins/Pastel; SGC VG 3: 3 cards, Bresnahan/Pastel, Mack, C. Young/Black Back; SGC Good 2: 2 cards, Flick and J. Walsh/White; SGC Authentic: 4 cards, Cicotte, Hooper, Lajoie, Mathewson. Ungraded - M. Brown (trimmed), Chase (VG/EX). Grades 23% EX to EX/MT (one nicer), 62% VG to VG/EX, 15% PR to GD (few trimmed). See our web site for a list of missing cards.


    More Information: To complete a 326-card master set, these cards are missing from this presentation but most are available elsewhere in this auction: All (24) Blue Background variation cards plus Adams/Black Back, Baker/Blue Back, Clarke/Black Back, Clarke/Blue Back, Cobb/Pastel, Devlin/Blue Back, Evers/Blue Back, W. Johnson, Joss, McConnell/Chicago AL, McQuillan/Cincinnati, Moren/Blue Back, Mullin/Blue Back, Plank, Rucker/Blue Back, Speaker, Summers/Blue Back, Tenney/Pastel, Tinker/Blue Back, Waddell/Black Back, Waddell/Blue Back, Wagner/Pastel, Wallace, J. Walsh/Gray, E. Walsh/Chicago, Wood, and Young/Blue Back.


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