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1911 S81 Large Silk Premium Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
An attractive example of key Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson from this popular and rare circa 1910-era tobacco premium issue. Longtime collectors may notice that Mathewson turns up with far greater frequency than perhaps any other player in the S81 set. Approximately 25 years ago there was a find of S81s. We do not know the exact number of silks in the find, but suspect that it may have been between 50 and 100. Most were in high grade, and all were of Mathewson. They have long since been absorbed by the collecting world, and today (especially for old-timers who remember when S81 Mathewsons were around and looking for homes) it is actually surprising that they don't turn up more often. The fact that Mathewson is one of the great stars of the set, and of all time, and that the S81 of Mathewson is one of the most attractive of all Mathewson issues, has no doubt played a role in making these beauties seem to disappear from the marketplace. But they still turn up every once in a while, and offered here is a fine example from the original find. The silk displays a couple small insignificant creases (we wouldn't touch them, but we believe that these could be ironed out if desired), a few strands of silk fray at the top and bottom which is how most were originally found, and some light soiling in the background. An exceptionally attractive S81 of Christy Mathewson from the original find over two decades ago. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,293
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