Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
The T206 “Monster” set is by far the most popular pre-WWI issue, with many advanced collectors pursuing the challenge of achieving all 520 subjects (less the “big 4”) in high grade. Any near mint plus specimen qualifies as a potential addition to an elite T206 set which is why this SGC 84/7 “Piedmont back” offering of popular White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan is coveted by a myriad of avid enthusiasts. SGC’s census report indicates that only ONE other Sullivan T206 has achieved this touted grade with NO Sullivan’s, regardless of back advertisement, graded higher! Sullivan was regarded by Ty Cobb as the best defensive catcher of his era. Although he owns the distinction of having the 2nd lowest lifetime batting average (.211) ever for players with 3,000 or more official at bats, his reputation as a catcher throughout the league was impeccable. Likewise, based on eye appeal alone, this T206 offering is one of the finer tobacco cards in existence. A classic portrait image adorns the frame with miraculous facial tone and blue uniform hues. A strikingly vibrant and flawless orange background is enclosed by four absolutely pearl white borders that are centered relatively 50/50. Superbly square corners and edges are sharp, and only a diminutively touched upper left corner prevents this gem from achieving a higher technical grade. The “Piedmont” back advertisement still portrays its original bold blue print quality, with only mild toning near the lower left edge. One look at this “world class” card prompts the thought of “breathtaking”, and you are only one winning bid away from having it instantly augment your collection!
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