Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/26/2012
The landmark and extremely rare 1903/1904 Breisch Williams E107 set represented the first major baseball card issue since the late 1880’s, and set the standard for the seemingly countless number of candy and tobacco cards that would be manufactured over the next several decades. The more common “Type I” designation is associated with cards that 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”. Unfortunately, the hobby has only accounted for 147 of the 150 total subjects with approximately 11 additional variations. Scarce to say the least, rarely are these cards found in any condition, let alone copies that portray fine eye pleasing qualities. Presented here is a fine looking SGC 30/2 specimen of Philadelphia hurler Tully Sparks, with only a pair of specimens graded higher on the COMBINED SGC and PSA “pop” charts! While right-handed pitcher Tully Sparks will never be enshrined in Cooperstown, he did manage several formidable seasons with the Phillies including a 22 win year in 1907. His classic Carl Horner portrait pose reflects fine contrast and resolution, with only a few faint horizontal creases mildly compromising the central image. Rounded corners still depict a fine uniformity, and the reverse side “One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players” print has been somewhat hindered by some moderate surface abrasions near the upper third region. However, most serious vintage collectors would concur that the overall splendid eye appeal coupled with the extreme type card rarity elevate this offering’s desirability to a pinnacle level!
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