1911 George Close Candy E94 Ed Cicotte - Green Background (SGC 60/5) - “1 of 5” and the Highest Graded Specimen on the COMBINED SGC & PSA “Pop” Charts!Offered here just happens to be one of the five FINEST E94 George Close Candy Ed Cocotte examples on the COMBINED SGC and PSA ‘Pop” charts! Indeed, SGC currently lists three “EX/5’s” and PSA only two “5’s”, with not a single specimen graded higher on either census report. Did you ever wonder how Ed Cicotte would have reacted to Chick Gandil’s offer to accept money for “throwing” the 1919 World Series if Charles Comiskey had allowed him to pitch the final two weeks of the season? As the story goes, 29-game winner Ed Cicotte needed only one more victory to achieve the landmark 30 total; that based on an incentive clause in his contract would earn him an additional $10,000 bonus. Manager Kid Gleason rested Cicotte the final two weeks before the World Series, obviously under orders from penny pinching owner Charles Comiskey and Cicotte lost his chance for the bonus he so desperately needed. The rest is history with Cicotte agreeing to $10,000 up-front for his part in playing poorly in the games he pitched against Cincinnati. As the collecting community realizes, sparse artifacts representing any of the infamous eight Black Sox players are desirable, let alone one that stands as one of his highest graded specimens. His classic pitching pose offers superb contrast and resolution, with the illustration set against a bold green background. The image slightly favors the left edge between four lightly toned borders, the corners exhibit modest wear consistent with the grade, and the reverse side checklist is completely intact. The finest of its kind, this “rare for the grade” Cicotte memento resides as one of his highly coveted cardboard keepsakes, and would make an outstanding addition to any world-class candy card gathering!