Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XL
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/20/2012
For the advanced enthusiasts, seeking high-grade T206 examples in high grade remains a daunting task due to the virtually unique opportunities to come across lofty graded specimens. The good news for any meticulous collector is one of those lofty technically assessed copies is presented here, a breathtaking SGC 84/7 Hal Chase “Throwing, Dark Cap” specimen carrying a scarcer ‘Old Mill” Cigarette advertisement back. Currently, SGC’s census report indicates this is the SOLE and HIGHEST graded “Old Mill” example with only a single other specimen listed at this hallowed plateau for ALL cigarette advertisements! “Prince Hal” as he was commonly referred to, while not a Hall of Famer, was considered by many pre-WWII experts (including Babe Ruth) as the greatest all around 1st baseman. Unfortunately for Chase, his alleged gambling tendencies eventually led to his banishment from baseball as well as Cooperstown. Yet, as with the ‘Black Sox Eight’, it is this legacy that has ultimately created a significant following with a myriad of enthusiasts scrambling to capture his most prized artifacts. High-grade T206 Chase copies seldom surface, making this offering one highly sought after specimen. His classic “throwing, dark cap” pose is virtually immaculate, with his iconic image well projected via the flawless bold blue setting. Sharp corners, near-perfect centering dazzling white borders and a super clean Old M ill Cigarettes reverse side suffice as additional attributes contributing to this card’s “blazer” like appearance. Considering this Hal Chase offering resides as the finest SGC specimen in existence, its pinnacle “pop” chart status merits the highest hobby accolades!
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