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This lot is one of a special offering of 1903 E107 Breisch Williams cards from The Chris Sullivan Collection—click here to read more.
In 1898—long before the Chicago Cubs' famed “Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance” double play combination took shape—Frank Chance was staking his claim to the first baseman's role. Chance enjoyed his first two seasons with the Cubs before the turn of the century, and it would be four years before Tinker and Evers joined Chicago to ignite the immortal threesome. After the Sporting Life Company distributed the first Frank Chance cardboard subject in 1902 by means of the W600 Cabinet Premiums, the Breisch Williams Company stepped up to the plate in 1903 by distributing the first “traditionally sized” Frank Chance baseball card. A particularly noteworthy aspect of this E107 Frank Chance offering is the seldom-seen portrait image utilized by Breisch Williams (and shared with W600). This formal-attire portrayal recalls an era that saw the Cubs exercise domination over the National League—largely due to the leadership of Chance, the club's premier player/manager.
Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA, the highest-graded specimen confirmed in the hobby industry. Superb contrast and fine registration highlight this collectible's image of Chance, which is relatively well-centered inside four clean, white borders. Specks of light staining are evident at the right edge, but no obtrusive surface flaws are apparent. Mild corner wear largely accounts for the technical assessment, yet the perimeter's uniformity retains an eye-pleasing quality. The cardback's surface exhibits consistent, natural toning, and its black, “One of a hundred and fifty prominent Baseball players,” typography is vividly rendered. The Frank Chance Breisch Williams specimen is one of the most rare of all E107 subjects, an observation substantiated by the fact that its combined PSA and SGC census reports can be tallied on the fingers of one hand. Elite Very Good to Excellent condition.
1903 E107 Breisch Williams Frank Chance - PSA VG-EX 4 - The Hobby's Highest-Graded Example!
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