Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/2/2010
Vintage collectors welcome the challenge of capturing obscure candy cards and only a handful could be tougher to locate then the E97 Briggs cards issued by the C.A. Briggs Company Lozenge Makers of Boston Mass. in 1909 and 1910. With 30 subjects included in the set, Briggs E97s are extremely condition sensitive, with aesthetically pleasing specimens seldom surfacing within the hobby. One of those subjects, George Mullin is presented here in a splendid SGC 40/3 holder, portraying the fine mid-grade eye appeal rarely found on any E97 subject. While Mullin was not a Hall of Famer, he still managed to win over 200 games including a career best 29 wins in 1909 in which he led his Tigers to a World Series appearance against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His classic throwing pose also depicts championship caliber, with his gray uniform tints well projected via a bold dark blue background. The image is virtually centered “dead-on” 50/50 between four relatively clean white borders. With a stellar checklist flipside, the only apparent technical flaws preventing this offering from achieving mid-grade status are four evenly worn corners. Yet, the outstanding overall eye appeal easily promotes this card as one of the finer remaining Mullin E97’s in the hobby!
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