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1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Addie Joss HOF Rookie Card
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $14,220.00
Graded VG+ 45 by SGC. Extremely rare E107 Breisch-Williams series card featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps of the American League. This card is widely recognized as Joss' rookie card as it is the first standard card issue featuring the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher. Joss, of course, was considered by many to be the single greatest pitcher in the game before his life was tragically cut short by illness in 1911. Few prewar card sets compare in rarity or significance to E107 Breisch-Williams. Issued in 1903, E107s have long been revered by collectors. This set represents the only major baseball-card set of the era, features many players that appear in no other sets, and includes the first cards ever issued of many important stars and Hall of Famers, including Addie Joss. E107s can also be credited with establishing the general design for most of the candy and tobacco issues of the 1910 era. E107s are often found with condition problems. This card was submitted to SGC for a reholder (due to scratches on the case) after being consigned to REA as a VG 40. During the reholdering process, SGC (who had just unveiled several key half-grades) deemed that the card warranted a "bump" to the new higher VG+ level and re-graded the card without any input or request from REA. We feel it is important to disclose this fact since it is REA's policy not to resubmit cards for upgrades (even though a grade review was not the intention of the our sending the card to SGC). This Joss card is very crisp and clean, both front and back. Centered approximately 35/65 L/R. The card has an Excellent appearance. This is a very significant card, as a rare type card, as an E107 Hall of Famer, and as the rookie card for Addie Joss. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $14,220.00
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