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Lot # 175 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Tommy Leach - Type 2

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $470.00

Extremely rare sample card from the E107 Breisch-Williams series of third baseman Thomas Leach from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leach was Pittsburgh's third baseman in the first World Series in 1903. He hit four triples in the 1903 series - two in one game - to set a still-standing Series record. This is an E107 Type 2 card. Type 2 cards, which are considerably rarer than Type 1 cards, are printed on much thicker stock with blank backs, often have narrower borders (as is the case with this example) than Type 1 cards, and appear to be hand cut. For this reason, grading companies will only authenticate them and not assign numerical grades. Otherwise, this card would have graded Poor due to a nail hole above Leach’s head and the notation “1903” written in pencil on the reverse. In the past, some collectors have thought that Type 2 cards may have been cut from an advertising piece, but 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. This is a presentable example of this extremely rare type card sample. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $470.00

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