Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2010
“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.
With that in mind, we are proud to present a Ted Williams 1957 Topps #1 card that personifies his quest of being “second to none”. His representation on this spectacular SGC Mint 96/9 has also achieved crème of the crop status in the baseball card industry. To date, SGC has graded over 375 examples with only ONE other existing at this tier and NONE graded higher! Furthermore, it is virtually unfathomable that a #1 card in any set portray the pristine qualities exhibited by this flawless masterpiece. The ‘godly’ follow through swing of Ted is perfectly registered with a crystal clear stadium backdrop to the image. All four bright white borders are well centered (near perfect “top to bottom” and approximately 55/45 “left to right”), and the perimeter exhibits razor sharp edging and four scintillating pin point corner tips. The back of the card is also unblemished, with the verbiage depicting vivid focus. The term ‘pack fresh’ ultimately defines this card, an unequivocal “blazer”, and it is no wonder that no existing SGC example has surpassed its grade.
Interestingly enough, you have to wonder just how spectacular is the overall eye appeal of that single higher graded example? It is unfathomable, to say the least, that any #1 subject card could possibly surpass the aesthetic and technical brilliance of this magnificent offering. How this #1 subject managed to sustain its original pristine quality throughout a half century is beyond reasoning, and virtually anyone holding this card would assume that it was just pulled from a 1957 wax pack. Ironically, this superior offering’s virtually unparalleled visual appeal is synonymous with Ted William’s relentless pursuit in being classified as baseball’s greatest hitter ever, with both this Cooperstown worthy cardboard marvel and William’s batting prowess certainly worthy of the title “best of the rest”!
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