Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/29/2011
Originally brought up to the Major Leagues as a standout pitcher, Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan actually tossed a a six hit shutout in his Major League debut against the St. Louis Browns. He would eventually try several other positions before finding his niche as John McGraw’s first string catcher on his 1905 championship team. While a formidable hitter and stellar defensive catcher, his most notable contributions to our National Pastime were the protective devices he created for batting and catching after he was hospitalized by a bean-ball in 1905. He is largely credited for the first batter’s helmet, protective catcher’s shin guards and provided significant input in escalating the technology for the catcher’s mask. Like many stars of the day, he was included in the prestigious T206 “Monster Set” with two distinct subjects, a batting and portrait image. Presented here is Bresnahan’s Sweet Caporal T206 portrait version in an outstanding PSA 8 holder. To place the scarcity of this high grade offering in perspective, a mere 3 specimens have managed to achieve a higher grade!
Any PSA 8 T206 keepsake is coveted by elite enthusiasts, let alone one that has only been bested by a scant three other copies. Bresnahan held the distinction of being the finest catcher of his day as well as being the battery mate of the immortal Christy Mathewson, and likewise, this T206 marvel resides as one of his grandest cardboard century old artifacts. A scintillating Carl Horner portrait illustration of the by-gone star portrays un-improvable attributes, including robust facial hues, rich gray and red uniform colors and a flawless deep green background. The entire image depicts fine “top to bottom” centering, and only slightly favors the left edge. Bright white borders, precision cut corners and a super clean bold red “Sweet Caporal Cigarettes” reverse side are the final exclamation points to a card that merits the highest cardboard accolades. Keep in mind, that a only three PSA encapsulated examples have managed to surpass this museum worthy offering’s stratospheric technical assessment, justifying why it belongs in any esteemed T206 gathering. WEare sure that virtually any supreme PSA Registered T206 compilation would gladly welcome this Roger Bresnahan gem as one of its main attractions!
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