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Lot # 106 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Elmer Flick HOF Rookie

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938

Graded POOR 10 by SGC. Extremely rare E107 Breisch-Williams series card featuring Hall of Famer Elmer Flick of the Cleveland Naps of the National League. This is widely recognized as Flick's rookie card as it is the first standard card issue featuring the Hall of Famer. Flick was a sharp-hitting outfielder who played in the last few years of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth century. He was widely regarded as one of the fastest and most consistent contact hitters in the game. Though Flick's name is seldom mentioned when discussing the all-time greats, this is largely due to the era in which he played (1898-1910). He was a huge star during this time. In fact, after the 1907 season the Tigers offered Ty Cobb even up for Flick and were turned down by Cleveland. In his ten seasons as a regular, he never batted lower than .297. Few prewar card sets compare in rarity or significance to E107 Breisch-Williams. These distinctive cards represent one of the few sets of baseball cards to be issued during the years between the popular photographic cards of the 1880s (such as Old Judge) and the many tobacco- and caramel-card issues of the 1910 era. E107s also feature the first cards ever issued of many Hall of Famers, including Flick. E107s can also be credited with establishing the general design for most of the candy and tobacco issues of the 1910 era. Blank-back variety. E107s are often found with condition problems. This card has some surface paper loss on the left border and other various mostly minor flaws do not affect the portrait or the integrity of the card. This is an extremely rare low-grade Hall of Fame rookie example from one of card collecting's most significant sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938

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