Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/21/2012
No discussion regarding baseball’s greatest second baseman ever excludes the incomparable Napoleon Lajoie who along with Rogers Hornsby and Eddie Collins, will forever be heralded as arguably the finest 2nd sacker in baseball history. Extremely beloved by an avid baseball nation, Lajoie’s immortal status is irrefutably etched in stone via his 3,200+ hits to the tune of a stellar .338 lifetime batting average and uncanny fielding ability. His remarkable 1901 season stands as one of the greatest hitting accomplishments in baseball history when he captured the first modern day Triple Crown via his modern day American League record .422 batting average. Like many illustrious stars of the dead-ball era, he was included in the prestigious T206 “Monster Set” with several distinct subjects including a stellar Carl Horner portrait image that is presented here in a breathtaking PSA 8 holder. Currently, PSA lists only a single other “8” example in the Piedmont Cigarette category with not a single specimen graded higher for ALL advertisement backs!
Any PSA 8 T206 keepsake is coveted by elite enthusiasts, let alone one that carries Lajoie’s immortal portrait pose and shares the spotlight as the finest of its kind! While various Lajoie images were utilized on a vast number of pre-WWI cards, arguably NONE are as prestigious as his iconic Carl Horner portrait illustration that resides as his most desirable T206 pose. The scintillating Lajoie headshot portrays the finest possible qualities including rich facial hues, fine registration and crystal clear clarity. A radiant like yellow background is the perfect setting for the renowned Lajoie image that is extremely well centered between four blinding white borders. Precision cut corners, razor sharp edging, super clean surfaces and a bold blue “Piedmont 150 Subjects” reverse side are the final exclamation points to a card that merits the highest cardboard accolades. Keep in mind that NOT A SINGLE PSA encapsulated example has managed to surpass this offering’s lofty technical assessment, justifying why it belongs in any esteemed T206 gathering. With that said, we are sure that virtually any supreme PSA Registered T206 compilation would gladly welcome this Nap Lajoie gem as one of its main attractions!
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