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1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Jack Chesbro HOF Rookie

Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25

Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Extremely rare E107 Breisch-Williams series card featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro from the New York Highlanders (later to become the Yankees) of the American League. This card is widely recognized as Chesbro's rookie card as it is the first standard card issue featuring the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher. Jack Chesbro won 41 games in 1904, his highest single-season total ever, but it was his 12th loss that everyone remembered. On the final day of the season, the Highlanders were trailing the Red Sox by a game and a half, with a doubleheader scheduled. Chesbro started the first contest and was battling in a tie game when his wild pitch allowed the winning run to score. The Yankees never came as close to a pennant in their next sixteen seasons. Breisch-Williams E107s have always held a very special place in the hearts of advanced baseball card collectors. Issued in 1903, these unusual and classic-looking black-and-white caramel cards have long been revered by collectors as they represent the only major baseball card set of the era. This set fills the void between the popular photographic cards of the 1880s and the many tobacco and caramel card issues of the 1910 era, and includes many players that appear in no other sets. Rarely is a set accorded more respect by scholars than E107. This set is all the more significant to collectors as it also features the first cards ever issued for many important players, including Jack Chesbro. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,231.25


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