1888 E223 G&B Chewing Gum Jimmy Ryan Portrait This exceptional rarity derives from the first baseball card issued with candy or gum, and the only such issue of the 19th century. Consider that while over 33,000 T-206's, dating from a decade into the 20th century, have been graded by PSA, only a single G&B card has ever been slabbed by the service. We'd suggest you double the population with this specimen, showing very strong eye appeal with fine edges, corners and surface (with the exception of a tiny bit of paper loss at the lower right corner). The verso shows mild to moderate foxing, but none of the common glue or tape stains seen from the few cards from this era. Ryan was a notable star of the era, leading the league in hits, doubles, home runs and total bases the year this card was issued.

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