Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/26/2012
T206 mania continues to rum rampart throughout the hobby, with avid enthusiasts additionally placing serious focus on obtaining many of the rare ad backs accompanying their exalted heroes. For the most meticulous T206 hobbyists, not only will players be assembled with different advertisement backs, but the obscure “subjects” and “factory” types will be relentlessly be factored in as a deviant collecting angle. One of the scarcest T206 “factory” variations is the extremely scant Piedmont “Factory 42” variation virtually never encountered on any T206 Piedmont Cigarettes subject. The paucity level of this variation cannot be over-emphasized, justifying why finding a prestigious “Factory 42” Hall of Famer is one of the most painstaking tasks imaginable. Fortunately, one of those seldom surfacing Piedmont Factory 42 Cooperstown inductees is presented here, a splendid PSA 3 keepsake of the legendary Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings in his “Both Hands Showing” T206 pose. While all of the major grading companies population reports do not distinguish “Factory” or “Subject” variations in their counts, less than 5% of the Piedmont Cigarette Hughie Jennings s most likely include the rare “Factory 42” designation. Hobby enthusiasts will always link Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings to the renowned “Eeyah” phrase he consistently shouted from the coaching box (it means “watch out” in Hawaiian), with many of his “E” and “T” cards utilizing his classic “Eeyah” body language pose. Before his legendary managerial stint with the Detroit Tigers produced 3 consecutive pennants, Jennings was the late 19th century shortstop star of the Baltimore Orioles. Along with fellow stars such as Keller, McGraw and Robinson, he played a major role in leading the Orioles to 3 consecutive pennants from 1894 – 1896, even batting .401 in a single season. Regarding this ultra-tough tobacco variation, no hobby collecting angle is “hotter” right now than gathering various T206 advertisement back issues. The iconic Hughie Jennings “Eeyah” pose still retains a majority of its original robust gray and black hues, set against a somewhat soiled yellow background. Although the image does favor the left edge, the solid reverse side “350-460 Subjects Piedmont Factory 42” bold “baby blue” advertisement print takes full precedence. While your standard Hughie Jennings T206 cigarette ad backs are plentiful, examples exhibiting the sparse “Factory 42” designation are few and far between, with this keepsake one of Jennings most eclectic and intriguing T206 subjects!
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