Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2010
In 1907, the ultra rare Chicago Cubs Grignon Postcards were distributed to commemorate the incredible 1906 Cub’s season in which the Cubbies tallied 116 victories, a major League record that stood for almost a full century. Although the Cubs would go on to lose the 1906 World Series to their White Sox cross-town rivals, they would eventually win the 1907 World Championship, besting Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers. While the “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double play combination was in the midst of becoming a legendary trio, the most heralded Cub’s player was Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown, the iconic Cub’s ace right handed pitcher. It is Brown’s Grignon cancelled postcard that is presented here in an SGC 20/1.5 holder, and its obscurity is justified by both the PSA and SGC “pop” charts that currently list this offering as the SOLE recorded copy on the planet!
Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown achieved his nickname when as a young farm boy, he accidently stuck his hand in a corn shredder, severely cutting his index finger and paralyzing his pinky finger. Fortunately, Brown’s deformed hand eventually seemed to be the primary reason for the movement on his pitchesl, leading him to 239 career wins and a spectacular 2.06 lifetime E.R.A. that is the 3rd best figure lifetime behind Walsh and Joss (and surprisingly better than Johnson and Mathewson!). He was as good if not better than all “dead-ball” era pitchers, explaining why advanced enthusiasts scramble to obtain his rarest cardboard relics with NONE possibly scarcer than this “1 of 1” offering. Browns’ black 7 white image enclosed in the upper right circle is vividly registered, depicting fine contrast. The standard Grignon postcard stuffed bear/cub situated near the left border also portrays fine contrast with only some diminutive surface abrasions evident on the bold green background near the upper left corner. A moderate wrinkle extends from the upper right border towards the left of the circular Brown image, but does not extend into the white circular circumference. The entire image is well centered “top to bottom” and slightly shifted towards the left edge with snow white borders depicting no major surface blemishes. The reverse side has been cancelled during the 1907 calendar year via a one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp with this particular card addressed to “Miss. Hertha Ranzow”. The technical assessment is solely attributed to the few written reverse side notations and cancellation marks with the obverse side reflecting aesthetics consistent with a mid-grade example. How often is the avid collector provided an opportunity to seize a century old cardboard relic of one of baseball’s greatest pitcher’s ever? Furthermore, when this example portrays superb eye appeal and is the ONLY recorded copy in existence, no additional justification is required to place this Mordecai Brown rarity at the top of your wish list!
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