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Old 11-05-2014, 10:01 AM
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As a collector of scarce cards I often wonder if some cards/series are too rare for their own good? They seldom get play time on the board or in discussions.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:06 AM
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That's an interesting point Leon. With so few cards available, most of us don't try to collect them.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:08 AM
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I imagine the red border Colgan set is nearly impossible. Anyone ever seen another red border Unglaub/Lincoln?

1911 Colgan's Red Border photo 1911colgansred.jpg
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As someone that deals with Japanese cards, I run into this all the time. I find issues that are extremely rare like this 1934 tour of Japan Series A set that includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Earl Whitehill, Charlie Berry and Japanese players Masao Date (HOFer) and Nobuo Kura. There are only three Series A sets known (including this one). One of the three resides in the Japan Hall of Fame so it will never be available to collectors. The only other set envelope known also resides in the Japan Hall of Fame. This set was sold to a collector in April and is not available.
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it's frustrating when you are looking for some of these "too rare" cards. The few in existence seem buried in collections never to see the light of day.

On a good day a google search may reveal them from an old auction sale...but besides this...they are just unicorns!!

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As someone that deals with Japanese cards, I run into this all the time. I find issues that are extremely rare like this 1934 tour of Japan Series A set that includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Connie Mack, Lefty Gomez, Earl Whitehill, Charlie Berry and Japanese players Masao Date (HOFer) and Nobuo Kura. There are only three Series A sets known (including this one). One of the three resides in the Japan Hall of Fame so it will never be available to collectors. The only other set envelope known also resides in the Japan Hall of Fame. This set was sold to a collector in April and is not available.
Wow, those are cool...I'd not seen or heard of them before.
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Here is a Babe Ruth card from a different set issued in 1934. Only about three copies of this card are known to exist.
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As a collector of scarce cards I often wonder if some cards/series are too rare for their own good? They seldom get play time on the board or in discussions.
I find that unless collectors collect the player featured in this esoteric issues, chances of getting a lot of interest in a resale is tough. With all that in mind, however, you should think about selling me that Jennings.
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I paid almost as much for my third Alegeheny as I did for my first two combined. Of course, the purchases were several years apart.
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Great thread topic, Leon. Here's my match for your Jennings and Doyle. I think I've seen a Dooin, but I've never seen a Jacklitsch.



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