Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/20/2012
Avid Brooklyn Dodger fans will agree that the driving force of the annual pennant winning Brooklyn club was their beloved Hall of Fame shortstop and captain, “Pee Wee Reese. This is a bold statement considering the Dodgers were loaded with future Hall of Fame stars such as Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and the immortal Jackie Robinson, but Reese was the fearless leader of the Dodger’s perennial N.L. championship seasons, earning his “captain” status by sheer example. Reese’s nickname was achieved by being a superior young “marbles” player (“pee wee” was a type of marble!), Reese was the catalyst of a young Dodgers team that won the 1941 pennant, and continued on to be instrumental in six additional pennant winning seasons including the 1955 World Series Championship. Statistically speaking, Reese was certainly not an offensive machine, although he did manage to lead the league in walks, runs scored and stolen bases. He was simply the premier shortstop of his day (with all due respect to Rizzuto), and rightfully finding an eternal resting place in Cooperstown, New York. It is for the many aforementioned reasons that avid card collectors seek his most prized artifacts and NONE can be more desirable than his 1952 inaugural Topps high numbered card#333, presented here in a “jaw-dropping” PSA 8 holder. Justifying how tough it is to come across a higher graded specimen is PSA’s illustrious “pop” chart indicating of the approximate 400 encapsulated copies, a meager 6 examples have achieved a higher technical assessment! The card is miraculously “pack fresh”, an absolute blazer that suffices as one of the highly coveted 1952 Topps high numbered subjects. Reese’s stoic lithographic portrait image portrays an eye pleasing tranquil smile depicting crystal clear clarity while depicting a stellar array of colored hues. Fine centering only exhibits a modest favoritism towards the lower edge, with the image situated between four super clean borders. Brilliant surfaces reflect no glaring flaws, the corners are razor sharp and the reverse side bold typography exhibits perfect registration. A myriad of PSA Set Registry collectors actively seek a card of this stature to add to their prestigious high grade sets. Considering that only 6 other copies are graded higher, it is painfully obvious that there simply aren’t enough superior graded 1952 Topps Pee-Wee Reese subjects to accommodate the sophisticated collecting community. Demand certainly exceeds supply in this case, rationalizing the urgency of capturing one of the finest Reese 1952 Topp’s cards in the hobby!
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