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1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #87 Walter Johnson
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,292.50
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Presented is a very attractive mid-grade E135 Collins-McCarthy card of legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in a classic pitching pose. Issued in 1917 by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of San Francisco. The 200-card black-and-white E135 set was the Collins McCarthy Candy Company's only venture into issuing cards of Major Leaguers. Unlike the somewhat similar 1916 M101-4/5 Sporting News set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public, and so are naturally much rarer, and were also larger than M101-4/5 cards. The E135 set was produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and has a very glossy surface, which is very prone to creasing. This example of Johnson is bright and clean, with outstanding contrast, even corner wear, and just a small spot of light soiling on the top border. Centered 40/60 left to right. This is a magnificent mid-grade example of a significant and rarely offered Walter Johnson card dating from the late teens, a time during which very few card sets were issued. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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