Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/29/2011
The unparalleled prestige of the ATC’s T206 tobacco issue distributed between 1909 and 1911 is unquestionable among hobby enthusiasts. With 524 basic subjects, it has achieved its “Monster” designation due to the painstaking task of potentially gathering all of its subjects which just happens to include four of the hobby’s most hallowed cards (Wagner, Plank, Magie error, and Doyle variation). For those meticulous and highly advanced enthusiasts, seeking examples in ultra-high grades remains a daunting task due to the virtually unique opportunities to come across lofty graded specimens. One of those high-grade common subjects is featured here in a PSA 8 holder, an outstanding representation of Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Jimmy Dygert. Currently, PSA’s “pop” chart indicates that this lofty offering is “1 of 2” Dygert examples carrying the Piedmont Cigarettes advertisement back, with NONE graded higher. Furthermore, the “Unknown Category” only lists two additional specvimens at this plateau with a mere two copies graded higher!
Right-handed hurler Jimmy Dygert spent only six seasons in the Major Leagues, all with Connie Macks’ Philadelphia Athletics. He was part of two pennant-winning teams in 1905 and 1910, Luckily, his legacy continues on via this absolutely remarkable T206 subject that carries a pristine portrait pose of the “dead-ball” ear twirler. A spectacular array of facial hues graces his iconic image and his period style Athletics uniform looks as if it was never used in a single game. The illustration’s crystal clear clarity is enhanced by a nearly flawless bold blue setting with the complete image virtually centered “dead-on” 50/50 between four bright white borders. Sharp right angled corners, fine straight edging, and a super clean unblemished surface complete a breathtaking obverse side, with the “Piedmont 350 Subjects” advertisement also emanating the finest possible technical attributes. After scouring this card, you would think it merits a “minimal” half-grade up-tick via its unparalleled pack-fresh qualities. Yet, regardless of an “8” or “8.5” assigned grade, only 2 copies have managed to achieve a higher grade, substantiating why this cardboard masterpiece merits a final resting place in the most esteemed T206 PSA registered gathering!
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