Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/26/2012
Presented here is one of the rarest T206 advertisement backs to come across, a remarkable SGC 40/3 “Broad Leaf 460 specimen of Washington Senator’s catcher Gabby Street in his popular “catching” variation. Along with the “Brown Old Mill” and “Brown Lenox”, “Broad Leaf 460” examples reside as the rarest of all the T206 advertisement backs. Seldom surfacing in the hobby, their extreme paucity level cannot be overemphasized, with a myriad of T206 enthusiasts painstakingly seeking to capture the few existing copies. Justifying their scarcity is the COMBINED SGC and PSA “pop” charts indicating only 3 other BroadLeaf Gabby Street specimens of which the more common BroadLeaf “350 Subjects” are also included (unfortunately, grading companies do NOT specify the “Subjects” series for the various advertisement backs). In other words, while we don’t have the luxury of a definite count for Gabby Street, we would strongly assume that this exalted offering is one of only a handful of BroadLeaf 460 Gabby Street examples in existence! Simply stated, advanced T206 enthusiasts have been persistent in their pursuit of T206 scarcities, and only a mere few could possibly compete with this offering’s virtual unparalleled obscurity.
Gabby Street was a fine Major League catcher, and is most renowned for once catching a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument! As a sought of “icing on the cake”, this SGC 40/3 offering presents itself in a fine aesthetically pleasing state, highlighted by a nearly breathtaking image of the by-gone catcher as he prepares to catch another tossed baseball with his period style catcher’s mitt. The brilliant blue and green hued background is virtually flawless, with the image favoring the left edge between four relatively clean borders. NO obtrusive surface blemishes are evident, and the technical assessment is predominately attributed to the uniform corner wear. The critical reverse side “BroadLeaf Cigarettes 460 Subjects” advertisement has miraculously retained its original vivid and bold brown color with the “Factory No. 25, 2nd Dist VA.” typography also clearly legible. No elite T206 advertisement gathering could possibly be considered complete without a BroadLeaf 460 subject, justifying why this world class offering merits the utmost attention from the consummate T206 enthusiast!
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