Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/11/2011
The 1903 Breisch Williams 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. With 150 possible subjects, “Type 1” specimens were printed on thin/white stock (as opposed to “Type II” examples that utilized a more narrow thick gray paper stock), with examples either blanked backed or including typography that states: “One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players”. The set’s common subjects are most likely sought after at a higher level than any other type card issue, justifying why low-grade examples are still highly sought after. Presented here is one of those commons, Philadelphia’s highly touted 2nd sacker William “Kid” Gleason in an SGC 10/1 holder, and one of only 6 encapsulated copies on the COMBINED SGC and PSA “pop” charts! “Kid” Gleason achieved his iconic nickname due to his rather small 5’7” height, and while he was a formidable pitcher and 2nd baseman for both the Orioles and Phillies most of his career, his legendary status is linked to his managerial role for the 1919 “Black Sox” that virtually broke his heart. While the technical grade is accurate due to reverse side paper loss and a purple ink “BREISCH WILLIAMS” stamp running through the “One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players”, the obverse side reflects solid “VG+” quality highlighted by the revered Carl Horner portrait Gleason pose that emanates crystal clear resolution. True, the image does favor the left border, but all four borders are atypically clean, the corners have retained a degree of their original square shape and only a slight horizontal crease is evident near Gleason’s left eye. Portraying one of the finer contrasted obverse side illustrations, we are certain this E107 rarity will secure a place in one of the finest Breisch Williams gatherings!
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