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Lot # 130 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Ed Delahanty - Type 2

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $9,987.50

Extremely rare card of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty from the legendary E107 Breisch-Williams series. Delahanty is certainly one of the key cards in the E107 set. In addition to being one of baseball's greatest stars, this is also his final card, issued the very year of his untimely and tragic death. On July 2, 1903, Delahanty, on his way from Detroit to New York, fell to his death off a bridge near Niagara Falls, after being put off the train by the conductor for being drunk and disorderly. Superb crisp, clean example of this extraordinary prewar rarity. This is an E107 Type 2 card, one of fewer than ten Type 2 examples of Delahanty known to exist. E107 Type 2 cards are considerably rarer than Type 1 cards. Type 2 cards are printed on much thicker stock with blank backs, and appear to be hand cut. For this reason, grading companies will only authenticate them and not assign a numerical grades. Otherwise, this card would have graded much higher than most E107s that exist in the hobby. In the past, some collectors have thought that Type 2 cards may have been cut from an advertising piece. The fact that a Type 2 specimen with an overprint reading "The Breisch-Williams Co." has been discovered, and that Type 2 examples have been found in original-owner collections of Type 1 cards strongly suggest that E107 Type 2 cards are a standard production issue. The Delahanty card is very crisp and clean, with even wear to the corners, no creases, and a clean reverse with surface abrasions suggesting it may have long ago been mounted and later removed from an album. The front of the card has an Excellent appearance. This is a very significant card, as a rare type card, and as an E107 Hall of Famer. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $9,987.50

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