Lot # 96: 1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Rube Waddell Rookie

Starting Bid: $2,000.00

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Offered is a very presentable example of Hall of Famer Rube Waddell from the scarce E107 Type 1 series. The E107 Breisch-Williams caramel card of Waddell is recognized as being Waddell's rookie card (only W600 and M101-1 predate but both are large-format issues). Waddell is noted as one of the greatest pitchers of his era, winning twenty-plus games in each of his first four seasons with the Athletics, leading the league in strikeouts during seven of his thirteen years in the league, and retiring in 1910 with a 2.16 career ERA. Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA) due to heavy creases and the upper-right corner missing. The desirable advertising reverse is boldly printed. This card originally appeared in REA's Spring 2019 auction as one of the highlights from an exciting, new-to-the-hobby collection of thirty-seven E107s that remained in the possession of the family of the original owner, who very likely collected the cards at the time of issue while living in the Philadelphia area. The fact that the E107 set is the only major card issue of its era is part of its great significance and appeal to collectors. This is a very pleasing example of this extremely important card with a far superior appearance than suggested by its modest assigned grade.  Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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