Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
No baseball card could ever surpass the brilliant artistic designs and color patterns of the highly sought 1911 Turkey Red cabinets. These oversized premiums were obtained by mailing in coupons from Turkey Red, Old Mill and Fez brand cigarettes, and are considered by most vintage card experts as the most attractive and exquisite cards ever produced in our treasured hobby. Presented here is one of baseball’s greatest 2nd sackers ever, Cleveland Indians iconic Napoleon Lajoie, graded a solid SGC 50/4. Currently, only one other example exists at this tier with ONLY 3 graded higher (all SGC 60/5’s). Lajoie is, by far, one of the most respected and loved ball players the game has ever produced. Hi batting excellence earned him the Triple Crown in 1901, a season he batted a remarkable .422 which still stands as the modern day record! When it was all said and done, Lajoie ended his illustrious career with 3,244 hits to the tune of a .338 lifetime average. No conversation regarding who is the greatest 2nd baseman ever excludes his name, right along with Hornsby and Collins. What may be Lajoie’s most popular and legendary batting pose is the portrait used in his T3 representation. The actual photo on this card could not have been preserved any better, such to the point that the wood grain on the bat is perfectly registered. No blemishes, whatsoever, infringe on the interior photo portion of the cabinet, with Lajoie set against a superlative blend of soft orange, yellow and green hues. The back checklist of the card depicts vivid registration, and only moderate corner wear prevents this card from achieving “EX” status. Yet, as most vintage enthusiasts would agree, the overall aesthetics that focus on the central image far exceed the technical grade. Bottom line is that no true vintage collection should exclude this classic Lajoie offering, and most advanced enthusiasts would agree that Lajoie’s T3 Turkey Red is his most eye pleasing cardboard artifact.
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