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1903 E107 Breisch Williams Rube Waddell SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - The Highest Graded Example....

2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas #7105

 
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Auction Ended On: May 15, 2014
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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1903 E107 Breisch Williams Rube Waddell SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - The Highest Graded Example. The E107 series was the only comprehensive set of baseball cards to appear between the mid-1890's and the dawn of the golden age of 20th Century cards which began in earnest in 1909. Thanks to their fateful date of circulation, the Breisch Williams set includes stars of who bridged the gap between the Centuries. The offered card is of Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell of the Philadelphia Athletics. Waddell was perhaps the flakiest and most undependable major league star of all time. He was a man known to show up "under the weather" for games regularly. His legendary manager Connie Mack once remarked, "The Rube has a two million dollar body and a two cent head." Matching boundless talent with erratic behavior born of mental illness and alcohol abuse, the hurler was both a manager's dream and nightmare. Despite his frailties, Waddell was inducted into Cooperstown in 1946. Another bonus for the E107 enthusiast are the mostly in-uniform but formal portraits, all the work of Carl Horner.

Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5, one a three at this grade level which happens to be the highest SGC grade level on record. The portrait of the Hall of Fame pitcher is affected by creases but is clear and finely detailed. The borders are a pleasing frosty white with one area of loss in the lower/left. The reverse is multi-toned thanks to previous scrapbook storage with the coveted "One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players" copy line is proudly shine on what would otherwise be a blank reverse. This is the earliest insert card appearance by Rube and is considered by many to be his rookie appearance. Only a Sporting Life cabinet premium predates this historical card promotion.

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