1915 E106 American Caramel Christy Mathewson PSA 4 
Lot Number 22
 
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At the end of 1999, the Sporting News commissioned a comprehensive study regarding the 100 greatest baseball players in history. With so many modern icons prevalent on the final list, it would have been easy to forget those who shaped our national game. Despite having been dead for nearly 75 years, "The Christian Gentleman," Christy Mathewson topped the list of all National League players, earning the seventh ranking overall. An inaugural member of the first Hall of Fame class, "Matty" not only won a remarkable 373 games over a seventeen-year career, but honorably served his nation during World War I. Classicly rendered on a luminescent pastel field background, this 1915 E106 American Caramel Christy Mathewson is a sight to behold. The magnitude and scarcity of this exemplar cannot be denied. So difficult is this caramel issue that hobby pioneer Tom Collier from TCMA remarked that E106s are the toughest of all "E-Series" cards and should be purchased at all times, regardless of condition. With only five Mathewson examples graded by third-party grading service PSA, this specimen has only two equals with none better. Crease-free with only negligible corner and edge wear, the vivid coloring almost appears to "pop" off the card. The reverse is clean and free of paper loss that so often plagues these caramel issues. Revealing only minor age toning on the reverse, this card is undoubtedly one of "Matty's" most prominent. A premier keepsake for the conscientious collector who will not settle for anything but the best. 
 
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