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    1911 Jones, Keyser & Arras Christy Mathewson #343 SGC 45 VG+ 3.5. The Jones, Keyser & Arras name applies to just one promotion, and what an impressive first impression they made. The name applies to a series of handsome cabinet cards available, we assume through a coupon exchange program. The exact roster is currently unknown but with numbering in the 300's suggests a massive figure stands in sharp contrast to the census recorded in modern times known baseball subjects are numbered between 301 and probably 350 suggesting the set complete at 50 subjects. While we can never know if the full contingent were ever produced and of what theme(s) were made available. There's no question that the vast majority that once existed has fallen to the slings and arrows of time's passage. Each cabinet the coupling of a fragile glossy photo adhered to an elegant piece of thick 4-13/16" x 7-1/8" card stock. It should go without saying that the great Christy Mathewson serves as a key entry in the set.

    Graded SGC 45 VG+ 3.5, this is currently one of only three total examples on record with SGC, this is the second finest on record with a lone example a mere half-garde higher. The PSA population report shows only three total entries for the entire series, none are Mathewson. The wonderfully unique full-figure portrait of Mathewson (#343) displays fine detail and bold contrast, lacking any of the fading often seen in imagery of the period. Close inspection of the image area reveals a startling lack of wear. Corner wear, one light crease in the upper left and some minor surface dimples adorn the cardboard mount causing little to no visual distraction. Knowledgeable collectors are aware of just how extremely scarce these elegant cabinets are. While their assumed mode of distribution served as a powerful restriction upon the original population, the passing years have claimed the vast majority of that original supply as the oversized dimensions of the cabinets proved counterproductive to their survival. A premier Mathewson collectible and one where it seems no more than a handful may exist.

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