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Lot # 197 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 M116 Sporting Life Blue Background Christy Mathewson SGC EX+ 70

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,896

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC (submitted by REA). Exceptional high-grade example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson from the M116 Sporting Life set, one of the most popular of all 1910-era issues. M116s have always been highly appreciated by collectors for their distinctive style and rarity relative to the more commonly seen tobacco cards of the era. Christy Mathewson is one of the key cards of the series, and the offered example features the portrait of Mathewson set against a blue background. M116 Sporting Life cards were issued in sets of twelve cards per series, and the Blue Background cards are by far the most desirable combination of series within the entire set. These twenty-four cards were issued with both blue backgrounds and white backgrounds. The Blue Background cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style. This a stunning card that appears as if it were printed yesterday! Bright and crisp, both front and back, with vibrant colors and a deep blue background. Bright white borders, centered slightly to the top, with four sharp corners displaying only light hints of wear under close inspection. The Sporting Life advertisement on the reverse is entirely clean and boldly printed. This is a magnificent card which would be a worthy addition to any M116 Sporting Life, Christy Mathewson, or Hall of Fame card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,896

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