Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
Heart stopping to say the least! That is the best and simplest way to summarize this absolutely radiant baseball card offering of Hall of Fame pitcher Chief Bender in his “portrait” variation, graded a breathtaking PSA “Mint 9”. Virtually 100,000 T206’s have been encapsulated by the renowned PSA grading company, and at the time of this writing, a microscopic 0.3% have only been fortunate enough to receive the hallowed “Mint 9” grade. Most high end T206 collectors are willing to “settle” for a NM-MT 8” grade to compliment their lofty collections, especially if the subject is a prominent Hall of Famer. In the event that a Cooperstown enshrined player becomes available in a “9” holder, a frenzied chase commences, as all of the elite hobbyists scramble to claim it for their collection. And why not! Consider that this miraculous Bender offering is one of only 3 PSA “portrait” Benders, with NONE graded higher! Additionally, the PSA population report only lists a SOLE Piedmont cigarette brand Bender “portrait”, with the other two examples categorized as an “unknown” back. That considered, theoretically, this presented card could qualify as the ONLY Bender Piedmont PSA “Mint 9” existing on the planet! Author of over 200 victories and four single season E.R.A.’s less than 2.00, Bender was called upon “time after time” by Connie Mack to deliver a crucial World Series win. Overall, Bender did not disappoint his immortal manager, winning 6 World Series games in assisting the A’s in winning three World Championships. Carl Horner’s iconic Chief Bender portrait image is immaculate, depicting vivid contrast and a brilliant blend of facial colored hues that are immensely projected via a flawless olive/lime green background. The four corners and perimeter edging are blistering sharp, and the blizzard snow white borders are centered “dead on”. No issues, whatsoever, with the vibrant “Piedmont 150 Subjects” reverse has retained its original bold blue typography, and no surface flaws are evident on both sides of the card. Bottom line is no T206 card could possibly surpass the overall brilliant aesthetics portrayed by this “world class” card. A countless number of superlatives make it difficult to summarize the unparalleled eye appeal emanating from this Bender gem. If we had to choose one particular word to categorize its technical brilliance, options would include “blazer”, “pristine”, “incomparable”, etc. Unfortunately, any infinite list of adjectives attempting to define its unsurpassed attributes could never fully justify its supreme radiance. We can only commend the individuals who preserved this masterpiece for 100 years, defying “father time” of the standard wear that is expected for any cardboard remnant over a century of time. Even the term “pack fresh” can be an injustice since many cards pulled from a pack have apparent blemishes generated from either factory printing or mishandling of the factory generated pack. This card just happens to be PERFECT, including color, contrast, registration, edging, corners, centering, typography, etc., and this may be your final opportunity to claim ownership of what many might consider the best Hall of Fame T206 specimen in the universe!
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