Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIII
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One of the most coveted baseball card offerings from the first decade of the twentieth century appears in the form of a postcard and was issued in 1908 and 1909 by the Rose Company. These beautifully crafted, colorful and ornate antiquities epitomize the American love affair with baseball during The Dead Ball Era. Players are heroically framed in an embossed gold frame surrounded by baseball details across a peaceful green background, capturing America’s vision of a pastoral game played within city walls.
The subject of this masterpiece is none other than America’s first true baseball folk hero, Christy Mathewson. The handsome, college-educated, “Christian Gentleman” made baseball parks acceptable venues for ladies, elevating the game’s societal stature from its beginnings as a sport for ruffians, outcasts and socially unacceptable men, who drank, smoked and cursed – making them like most other men of the time.

While not perfect, with a solid surface crease, this glorious Mathewson specimen, from baseball’s most formative years, displays nicely and provides a link to baseball’s glorious past when the game’s legends were shared commonly by the spoken word and stories of the feats of stars such as Christy Mathewson often grew with every telling of the tale, much like the legend of Paul Bunyon.

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1908-09 Rose Company Postcards Christy Mathewson SGC 10       1 of Only 5 Graded Examples Including Both PSA & SGC Pop Reports

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Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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