Graded NM 84 by SGC. Exceptional high-grade example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson from the M116 Sporting Life
set, one of the most popular of all 1910-era issues. M116s have always been highly appreciated by collectors for their distinctive style and rarity relative to the more commonly seen tobacco cards of the era. Christy Mathewson is one of the key cards of the series, and the offered example features the portrait of Mathewson set against a blue background. M116 Sporting Life
cards were issued in sets of twelve cards per series, and the Blue Background cards are by far the most desirable subset within the entire set. These twenty-four cards were issued with both blue backgrounds and pastel backgrounds. The Blue Background cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style. This stunning card appears as if it were printed yesterday! Bright and crisp, both front and back, with vibrant colors and a deep blue background. Bright white borders, centering slightly to the top, and with four strong corners. The Sporting Life
advertisement on the reverse is entirely clean and boldly printed. Pedigreed from the Lionel Carter Collection, this is a magnificent card, which would be a worthy addition to any M116 Sporting Life
, Christy Mathewson, or Hall of Fame card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
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