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1914 Boston Garter Christy Mathewson - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $16,450

Presented is the key Hall of Famer from the extremely rare ten-card 1914 Boston Garter series: Christy Mathewson. This is, of course, one of Christy Mathewson's rarest cards. In fact, we have only seen one other in all our 40 years. According to the reverse advertising, this card was issued free to retailers only, and was intended specifically for the retailer to "Display the Pictures of these Ball Players in Your Window." In recent years collectors have shown a growing appreciation for the mystique of the rarest vintage-card issues. Boston Garters certainly fall into this category, and have always been appreciated but are rarely offered. Boston Garter sets were issued in 1912, 1913, and 1914. It is unlikely that more than a total of one hundred Boston Garter cards exist from all three years of issue. The checklist on the back of the card lists ten cards to the set. Like the earlier sets issued by Boston Garter, as noted on the reverse, these cards were also issued one per box of twelve Boston-brand garters. The 1914 Boston Garters measure approximately 6.25 x 3.75 inches and are printed in green or sepia tones. This Mathewson card is printed in green tone. This card has only recently surfaced in the modern collecting world in Texas. It was the only baseball card our consignor had, which he received as a gift from his grandfather decades ago. It has literally been sitting in a drawer for years and he only recently found out it had value and was worth selling. It is just by chance that Mathewson is the key Hall of Famer in the set. (His grandfather also had a second card, of Tris Speaker, that he gave to a relative. The relative also contacted us but is keeping his card for now.) The text of the reverse, like all other 1914 Boston Garters, appears to have a portion of the top missing. The unusual cut along the top of cards from this set appears to be related to their method of issue. The cards were not issued in vertical strips; they were apparently attached to the Boston Garters packaging and had to be removed. Most examples we have seen, including this one, appear to have been cut with scissors at the top. This quality accounts for a grade of "Authentic" by SGC instead of a numerical grade. The card has a strong VG to VG-EX appearance. It is extremely bright and clean, both front and back. There are a few light creases, mostly in the top right corner. This is a very attractive and significant card of the legendary Christy Mathewson from one of the rarest baseball-card sets of the era. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $16,450

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