1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Christy Mathewson SGC VG/EX 50 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $144,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 4

Item Year: 1903

Category: Featured

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level by SGC with none higher! Extremely rare E107 Breisch-Williams card featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants. Mathewson is one of the most significant players in the entire E107 set, and, of course, one of the greatest legends of his era. Few prewar card sets compare in rarity or significance to E107 Breisch-Williams. Issued in 1903, these distinctive cards represent one of the few sets of baseball cards to be issued during the years between the popular photographic cards of the 1880s (such as Old Judge) and the many tobacco- and caramel-card issues of the 1910 era, for which E107s can also be credited with establishing the general design. The E107 is the first traditional trading card to feature Mathewson's likeness as only the 1901 Police Gazette Supplement and the W600 Sporting Life Cabinet (which features the same image of Mathewson in street clothes) predate this issue. The rarity of the offered card cannot be overstated! This is the first E107 Christy Mathewson that we have ever handled, and it is one of only five examples ever to be graded and encapsulated by SGC (none by PSA). This is a magnificent example of one of the rarest, most impressive, and most important of all Mathewson cards. This example is in spectacular high grade! It is rare to find any E107 in such high grade, let alone Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson. Bright and crisp, with even wear on the corners, a flawless image, and near-perfect centering. A couple of spots of age toning in the borders (mentioned strictly for accuracy). The reverse is boldly printed and bears light age toning on approximately 85% of the reverse, likely the result of having once been housed in an album or scrapbook with corner mounts as two of the corners on the reverse are clean with no age toning. This is a superb example of one of Christy Mathewson's rarest and most noteworthy cards, the finest of the very few examples known to exist, and would be a significant addition to any world-class E107, Hall of Fame, or prewar card collection. Reserve $25,000. Estimate (open).

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