Spectacular H.H. Bregstone postcard of catcher Lou Criger. The Bregstone postcard issue contains photographic images of members of the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals, and is rare enough that poses and variations remain as of yet undiscovered. Catalogued as PC743, they are considered among the most rare postcards featuring individual players from multiple teams.
The card was one of a significant find of Bregstone postcards we received on consignment from the family of former Browns pitcher Barney Pelty. Criger, considered Cy Young's personal catcher, is a widely-collected subject from the era, and was a fan favorite, particularly in Boston. This is a wonderful card, with a crisp, clear image, the grade of VG-EX 4 largely the result of corner wear, including a visible ding at the bottom left. Regardless, as the only example graded by PSA (with just three graded by SGC), it is the highest-graded Criger currently known.