Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/22/2011
Offered here is another one of the scarce T206 advertisement backs presented in this auction. Graded an SGC 10/1, this seldom surfacing BroadLeaf 350 artifact representing Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan would make a fine addition to any esteemed T206 back compilation. One of the more eclectic T206s circulating in the hobby, the combined SGC and PSA census reports list only 3 other BroadLeaf Bresnahan’s, substantiating why the low technical assessment should be rendered virtually irrelevant! 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. His batting image on this BroadLeaf 350 rarity exhibits bright gray and red hues, with the illustration favoring the upper right edge. While uniform rounded corners, several light wrinkles and some mild reverse side purple ink stains contrite to the assigned grade, the overall aesthetics display far superior to the somewhat harsh technical assessment. Yet, considering we are speaking to a BroadLeaf 350 specimen, the combined super eye appeal and type rarity reign supreme with any elite T206 enthusiast!
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