Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
Locating a strong mid-grade E98 “Anonymous” Candy card is no simple task! The 1910 E98 set included 30 subjects and is considered one of the most condition sensitive card issues in existence. With that in mind, presented here is one of Hippo Vaughn’s most astounding vintage cards, an E98 specimen residing in a spectacular E98 holder. Currently, only 2 other PSA copies exist at this tier with a SOLE example graded higher! Substantiating the absolute paucity of any high grade E98 specimen, consider that PSA has encapsulated over 500 of the total 30 subjects with only 7% surpassing an “EX 5” grade! Vaughn received his “Hippo” nickname due to his “turtle like” running speed, not because of his weight. Few people realize he was one of the game’s greatest pitchers from 1914 thru 1920, winning 20 games 5 times and tossing a shutout against the Red Sox in the 1918 World Series. Ironically, baseball’s other superior southpaw, Babe Ruth, bested Vaughn in the opener by a 1-0 score! This amazing E98 Hippo Vaughn gem is a testament to his legacy, and depicts a classic pitching pose of the New York hurler (this card was issued before Vaughn became the Chicago Cubs ace). A bright red background depicts only a “spec” of color loss between Vaughn’s cap and the upper border accounts for this card falling short of the hallowed E98 “EX-MT 6” grade. Yet, fine corners, a well centered image, clean white borders, no creasing and a bold player checklist all combine to minimize the aforementioned surface blemish. With only a single Hippo Vaughn E98 example graded higher, now is the time to augment your E98 collection and take this treasure home!
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