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1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Christy Mathewson Pastel SGC NM/MT+ 92 - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,200
Graded NM/MT+ 92 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Ultra-high-grade example of New York Giants Hall of Fame pitcher 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 white background. (Fascinating provenance note: when our consignor purchased this card decades ago, it was still in its original envelope along with the rest of the M116 series it was sent with, as originally packaged by Sporting Life. It had never been touched since 1911, and has remained in the original Sporting Life envelope until now!) This is a stunning card in all respects. All four corners are perfect and razor-sharp. The card is perfectly clean, both front and back, with snow-white borders, and flawless registration. The boldly printed Sporting Life advertisement on the reverse is slightly tilted, and centered just a hint toward the bottom and right. This card would be a significant addition to even the most advanced vintage-card collection, and a centerpiece to any high-grade M116 Sporting Life, Christy Mathewson, or Hall of Fame card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $4,200
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