Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
To coin a phrase from legendary New York Yankee Stadium public announcer Bob Sheppard…”ATTENTION PLEASE, ATTENTION PLEASE”! This warning goes out to all elite 1950’s PSA Set Registry enthusiasts because this opportunity will, indeed, not be possible after the auction has ended. Take a deep breath because we are proud to present a Ted Williams 1958 Topps #485 All Star card that personifies his quest of being “second to none”. His representation on this breathtaking PSA Gem Mint 10 example has also achieved crème of the crop status in the baseball card industry.
To date, PSA has encapsulated almost 1,400 examples with this offering the SOLE Gem Mint 10 graded Williams on the planet! Wow…the SOLE Ted Williams 1958 All Star PSA “Gem Mint 10” card…it must be your lucky day. Coincidently, the player represented on the card just happens to be considered by most baseball experts as the greatest hitter who ever lived, fulfilling Ted’s lifetime goal of stating “I would love to walk down the street one day with people passing me, stating….there goes the greatest hitter the game has ever seen”. Such was the dream of a young Ted Williams as he pursued his place in baseball history with a steadfast persistence. Ted’s dream DID become a reality for most baseball experts agree that Ted Williams is the greatest hitter who ever lived. His .344 lifetime average, 521 home runs, and being the last player to hit .400 in that magical 1941 season all attest to this legacy. The “Splendid Splinter” as he was commonly called, not only handled the bat better than anyone who ever stepped into a batter’s box, but served two stints as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. It is, therefore, both his baseball iconic stature and wartime heroism that led to him being the true embodiment of a National hero.
All attributes of this pristine cardboard miracle point to perfection including the clarity and colored hues in Ted’s classic portrait pose. Blizzard snow white borders are centered virtually “dead on” and encompassed by four of the best pinpoint corners we have ever encountered! The edging is razor sharp with both the reverse and obverse typography vividly registered. The term ‘pack fresh’ ultimately defines this card, an unequivocal “blazer”, and it is no wonder that no other existing PSA example has matched this priceless “Rembrandt”. It is hard to fathom that any card over 50 years old could possibly retain the aesthetics radiating from this William’s gem. The irony is that Ted Williams, whether hitting a baseball or shooting down enemy aircraft, was the best at his craft, and this picturesque depiction of his intense “game face” compliments the notion of ‘Teddy Ballgame’ outdistancing the rest of the field.
Keep in mind that only ONE of the many advanced PSA Set Registry collectors can add this miraculous card to their high end 1958 set. Considering this notion, we advise you to “stick to your guns” and be relentless in your pursuit of this William’s masterpiece that stands as the best existing example in the universe!
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