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1902 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,400
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely desirable W600 Sporting Life cabinet card of legendary Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in uniform. Mathewson is one of the key Hall of Famers from this extremely substantial cabinet-card set, which is one of the highest-quality baseball-card issues ever produced. W600s were issued over a period of many years (1902-1911) by Sporting Life. Two poses of Mathewson were issued during this time: in uniform and in street clothes. The "in street clothes" pose was issued in very early 1903 (most likely January or February). By that summer his “in street clothes” pose was replaced, and the “in uniform” pose remained for the rest of the W600 production run. Modestly graded due to various minor technical faults, including even wear to the corners, chipping along the delicate edges, and scattered spotting on the front and back, likely resulting from improper storage throughout the years. This example originally appeared as lot #182 in REA's Spring 2014 auction, where it realized $5,036, and has been consigned directly by the purchaser at that sale. Despite the flaws mentioned earlier, this remains an extremely impressive example of a very desirable card which would be a worthy addition to any Christy Mathewson, W600, or prewar-card collection. SOLD FOR $2,400
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