Lot # 156: 1909 E101 Anonymous "Set of 50" Christy Mathewson

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Graded GD+ 2.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). This extremely attractive E101 "Set of 50" candy card features the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson in a horizontal throwing pose. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. While Mathewson was included in many candy-card issues from the 1910 era, this horizontal throwing pose is considered by many to be the most attractive of all Mathewson caramel-card designs. The manufacturer of E101 is unknown. The artwork of Mathewson on this card is identical to that found in several candy sets of the era that share the same designs, including E105 Mello-Mint and E102 "Set of 25." This is a very striking card despite the modest assigned grade. Bright and crisp, with bold colors, and centering to the top. Honest corner wear and moderate creasing accounts for the assigned grade. The E101 back reads simply "This card is one of a set of 50 Base Ball Players - Prominent Members of National and American Leagues." Caramel cards, of course, are rarely found in high grade. This is an extremely attractive example of one of Christy Mathewson's most classic cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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