Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/17/2011
Ever since the renowned T206 tobacco set issued by the ATC celebrated its 100th birthday, an excessive number of cardboard enthusiasts have actively pursued the painstaking task of assembling most of the sets 524 subjects (with most, of course, excluding the “Big Four” of Wagner, Plank, Magie error, and Doyle variation). The “T206 Craze” continues to march forward, with elite collectors accepting the daunting challenge of assembling high-grade sets. The two major issues with taking on the excruciating chore of gathering high grade specimens are monetary concerns as well as actually locating some of the finest graded copies. Most of the elite hobbyists have already secured the premier technically assessed examples, virtually never relinquishing their prized T206’s for the collecting community to choose from. That is why when any high grade T206 subject becomes available, literally the bell sounds for the right to own an exalted T206 copy. With that in mind, presented here is one of those pinnacle type T206 gems, a magnificent Mordecai Brown “Cubs on Shirt” Piedmont Cigarette example in a PSA 8 holder. Consider that this is the SOLE and HIGHEST GRADED Piedmont Cigarettes “Cubs on Shirt” Mordecai Brown. Furthermore, only 6 other examples are listed at this stratospheric plateau in the “Unknown Backs” category with NONE graded higher. In summary, along with a handful of other copies, this incredible Mordecai Brown “Cubs on Shirt” offering reigns supreme on the prestigious PSA population report!
Simply stated, legendary Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown is one of baseball’s greatest pitchers ever. Brown achieved his iconic 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 for Brown, his deformed hand eventually seemed to be the primary reason for the movement on his pitches, leading him to 239 career wins and a spectacular 2.06 lifetime E.R.A. that ranks as the 3rd best lifetime figure behind Walsh and Joss (and surprisingly better than Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson!). Synonymous with his premier pitching status during baseball’s “dead-ball” era is his astounding “Cubs on Shirt” throwing pose as Brown released another one of his virtually unhittable curveballs. The vintage style uniform depicts the finest possible hues, with such vivid detail you can practically see the deformity in his right index finger. His iconic image is set against a brilliant yellow/green background and extremely well centered between four bright white borders. Razor sharp corners and edging complete an ultra-fine perimeter and the imposing surface is free of any blemishes. The reverse “Piedmont” advertisement reflects bold midnight blue typography and only some moderate toning is evident along the upper and right edging. Incredible as it may seem, this is the second PSA 8 Mordecai Brown T206 offered in this auction with the other portraying his Carl Horner portrait image. We cannot imagine a more opportunistic scenario than having the option of choosing between two Mordecai Brown PSA 8 T206 subjects that have not been surpassed by a single other specimen. In fact, if you want to be T206 gathering to be recognized as a “world class” set, why not seize them both since it may be quite some time before another one comes along!
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