Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/24/2012
The T206 “Monster” set is by far the most popular pre-WWI issue, with many advanced collectors pursuing the challenge of achieving all 520 subjects (less the “big 4”) in high grade. There are, however, a select group of ultra advanced enthusiasts who will not settle for any T206 specimen unless its technical grade is a “NM-MT 8” or higher. Unfortunately, there are a seemingly countless number of T206 subjects that fall short of providing the technical attributes sufficient to achieve this elevated tier. Featured here is one of those scarce “NM-MT 8” specimens, a breathtaking representation of Cooperstown inductee Elmer Flick with a Piedmont 350 Subjects ad back. How obscure is this T206 Flick offering at the assigned grade? Consider that only 3 others are listed at this stratospheric plateau with NONE Graded Higher for ALL advertisement backs. Indeed, this supreme offering shares the spotlight with a handful of specimens as the “best of the rest”! Hall of Famer Elmer Flick was one of the game’s best hitters at the turn of the century, evidenced by a .313 lifetime batting average. In fact, Flick was so well respected on the baseball diamond for both his hitting and fielding attributes, in 1907 Detroit offered to trade their young aspiring outfielder, Ty Cobb, in an even ‘swap’ for Flick! Cleveland refused to seal the deal (most likely to their ultimate dismay!) since management expected even greater things to come from Flick. Unfortunately, a series of injuries began plaguing Flick and ultimately curtailed his prominent career. Although his career was shortened, the legacy of his peak level performance remains solidified in Cooperstown. One of the tougher T206 Hall of Famers in circulation, Flick’s sparkling central image depicts an awe-inspiring period style uniform, and is affixed to a radiant yellow/orange hued background. The left-handed hitter is extremely well-centered between four bright white borders, and the perimeter edging is razor sharp. Pristine surfaces, vivid print registration beneath Flick’s hallowed picture, and a super clean “Piedmont 350 Subjects” reverse side complete one of Flick’s most miraculous cardboard heirlooms. Most would agree that the unparalleled aesthetics and near-perfect attributes possibly merit a higher technical assessment? Yet, the most sophisticated T206 enthusiasts would be delighted with its current standing as one of the finest of its kind!
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