Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/11/2011
Synonymous with Walter Johnson’s arguable status as our National Pastime’s greatest pitcher ever is this extraordinary PSA 6 Turkey Red Checklist Back offering that resides as the SOLE and HIGHEST GRADED PSA specimen in existence! Indeed, this is the premier checklist back T3 Walter Johnson gem with only two of the Turkey Red “Ad Backs” managing to achieve this lofty grade. The Turkey Red’s were issued exactly one century ago in 1911, and are still wisely recognized as the most artistic and colorful baseball cards ever manufactured. Along with Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson (remember, there is NO Honus Wagner T3 due to his alleged disdain for tobacco products), Johnson’s T3 subject is the most prominent of the 100 possible baseball subjects and if you have been seeking an example of Johnson’s illustrious T3, why not seize this incredible offering which stands as the pinnacle checklist copy.
Walter Johnson is considered by most as the finest pitcher of all-time. Justifying that notion are his unfathomable 417 lifetime victories with most of the achieved with a second division ballclub. Consider that he tossed an astounding major league record 110 lifetime shutouts, with 38 of those 1-0 victories. Due to his poor run support, he also managed to LOSE 26 games by that same 1-0 score, and we can only imagine how great his final record would have been if he was fortunate enough to pitch with a more formidable team.
The overall aesthetics of this museum worthy masterpiece are easily consistent with the technical assessment, staring with a breathtaking “hands at chest” image of the iconic right-handed twirler. Johnson appears ready to fire another one of his blazing fastballs past a helpless hitter, with his flawless blue hued uniform and striped white cap stealing the show. A tranquil and brilliantly displayed orange, yellow and green hued setting perfectly compliments Johnson’s immortal image that is situated between four pristine like borders. While a few slightly touched corners prevent this card from achieving the hallowed “near-mint” status, all four corners still retain a majority of their original square formations, and no major surface blemishes are evident on either side. A marvelous reverse side checklist back portrays the finest bold black typography that is affixed to a super clean off-white surface.
It is apropos that this supreme offering represents the finest pitcher who ever toed a baseball rubber with both the subject and type card equally claiming the title as “king of the hill”!
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