1903 W601 Sporting Life New York Giants with Mathewson and McGraw

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 143

Item Year: 1903

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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1903 W601 New York Giants Sporting Life team composite featuring portrait images of sixteen team members, including manager John McGraw (pictured in the center), Christy Mathewson, "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity, Roger Bresnahan, and "Dummy" Taylor. These Sporting Life team composites (13 x 14 inches), printed on heavy enamel paper and issued by the Sporting Life newspaper, were available to fans either by individual purchase (for ten cents) or as a complete set in a bound volume. The offered example was originally obtained by the former method, as there are no binding holes present along the left border. The piece displays four small pieces of tape on the reverse, three of which are in repair of tiny edge tears. A number of very slight surface wrinkles are also evident. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall, but the central image area is Excellent to Mint in its overall appearance. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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