Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/24/2012
One of the more excruciatingly tough high-grade T206’s to find is the Miller Huggins “portrait” version with only six PSA 8’s and a sole “Mint 9” copy listed on PSA’s illustrious population report. With that in mind, presented here is one of the handful of PSA 8 specimens carrying the popular Piedmont 350 Subjects cigarette advertisement. Currently, PSA lists only a SOLE Huggins “portrait” example including a Piedmont Cigarettes ad back with NONE graded higher (the single “Mint 9” copy is included in the “unknown backs” category). A stellar 2nd baseman for Cincinnati and St. Louis, Huggins was eventually voted into Cooperstown primarily for his unbridled fame as the New York Yankees manager. His managerial legacy with the iconic Yankee teams of the 1920’s where he won 3 World Championships will forever be linked to the immortal 1927 Yankees. It was that immortal team that boasted the unparalleled “Murder’s Row” lineup including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, with that ballclub still considered by many experts as the greatest team to ever grace a baseball diamond. Similar to Huggins’ winning ways in New York is the championship like aesthetics of this esteemed offering starting with an absolutely stunning bold blue uniform and classic Carl Horner portrait image. What elevates this card to a pinnacle aesthetically pleasing plateau is the robust orange setting that effectively projects the similar hued “CINCINNATI” text across his period-style jersey. Near-perfect centering, clean white borders, sharp right-angled corners and the aforementioned flawless image all contribute to the world-class eye appeal atypical to a myriad of century old cards. The bold mid-night blue “Piedmont 350 Subjects” ad back is the final superlative to this pinnacle graded gem that is awaiting a new home in one of the premier PSA Registered T206 sets!
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