Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
The Breisch-Williams Company’s production of baseball cards, depicting player portrait images, in 1903 marks an historical event in the origin of our illustrious hobby. This issue is, undoubtedly, the landmark 20th century baseball card, eventually leading to the myriad of ‘E’ and ‘T’ cards that would be produced before WWI. Presented here is one of the set’s most prestigious players, famous “Black” Sox manager “Kid” Gleason when he was a young 2nd baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. Currently, this happens to be the one of only two copies encapsulated by SGC, with one of those graded higher! Few people realize that “Kid” Gleason was a standout 2nd baseman for the Giants, Phillies and Tigers. Furthermore, before the distance between home plate and the pitching rubber was increased to 60 feet 6 inches, Gleason was actually a three time 20 game winner in the 1890’s. Yet, regardless of his playing accomplishments, Gleason will always be recognized as the victimized manager betrayed by eight White Sox players during the 1919 World Series. His representation on this ultra-rare Breisch-Williams artifact depicts Gleason in his Detroit Tiger’s uniform (he was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia before the 1903 season), and lists him as a Philadelphia 2nd baseman. While the technical grade is accurate due to significant creasing, and heavy corner rounding/layering, the overall aesthetics provide a more favorable visual appeal. Additionally, this “Type I” issue includes the more desirable black text print on the reverse side stating “One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players” that has retained its bold black typography. The advanced collector will not argue that simply owning a Breisch-Williams issue, regardless of condition, merits a significant accomplishment. Justifiably so, we highly encourage you to bid strong on this cardboard rarity since owning “Kid” Gleason’s distinguished black & white portrait image on this 1903 artifact will immediately earn collector bragging rights with your peers!
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