Graded EX 60 by SGC. Extremely high-grade example of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in a pitching pose from the highly desirable E93 Standard Caramel series. For a caramel card, SGC EX 60 is all the more impressive a grade. This is one of Mathewson’s scarcest, most striking, and all-around most highly regarded cards. The image on this card is the same as that used to produce two of the three pose variations (dark cap and white cap) of Mathewson in the T206 White Border series. Perfect registration, four square corners, near-perfect centering, and strong colors. The back is also bright and clean, with very bold text. A few minuscule chips of paper loss on the right border account for the assigned graded. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. This is an exceptional example of a key Hall of Famer from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
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