1910 E98 Baseball
Frank Chance (Red Background)

This issue featuring Cubs Hall-of-Fame icon Frank Chance is one of 30 unnumbered cards within the E98 set. Produced in 1910, the fronts of the cards feature a player image set against a solid red, blue, green or orange background. The backs feature a numbered checklist of the cards in the set. The sponsor of the set is unknown. The offered example is a red background variety, and comes from the incredible 2012 "Black Swamp" find of pristine, uncirculated E98 cards.

Frank Chance enjoyed a superb 18-year career (1898-1914 and 1923) as both a player and manager. He led the Cubs to National League championships in 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910, and World Series championships in 1907 and 1908. Perhaps his most enduring legacy is being the first baseman for the iconic double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance.

This is an essentially flawless example. The centering is no worse than 60-40, either top-bottom or right-left. The surface quality is pristine, with absolutely no signs of handling. The borders are pure ghost-white. The image of Chance is sharply printed, while the rich fire-brick red background is incredibly deep and bold. The entire front of the card is covered by a delicate satiny sheen. Lastly, the back of the card features pinpoint-sharp text. If not for the tough grading comparisons created by the "Black Swamp" find, we believe this card would have been designated as MINT 96 by SGC.

Price: $3,950.00
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