Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/24/2012
The hobby dream of every elitist collector is to own a card that is the premier encapsulated example for its respective grading company. Unfortunately, with hundreds of thousands of collectors, this dream is virtually an insurmountable hurdle based on the simple “economics 101” philosophy of demand exceeding supply. If you have the “faith of a child”, you believe that every so often “dreams do come true” and this heavenly T206 Jennings SGC 92/8.5 offering may be the cardboard masterpiece that solidifies your faith. Currently, the prestigious SGC census report indicates that this pinnacle offering resides as the SOLE and FINEST Hughie Jennings SGC graded specimen for ALL of the Jennings poses and ad backs! Furthermore, PSA’s “pop” chart lists NONE at this hallowed technical assessment with only a single specimen graded higher. Famous for his “Eeyah” phrase that he consistently shouted from the coaching box (it means “watch out” in Hawaiian), Hall of Famer Hugh Jennings was the late 19th century shortstop star of the Baltimore Orioles. Teaming with such stars as Keller, McGraw and Robinson, Jennings played a major role in leading the Orioles to 3 consecutive pennants from 1894 – 1896, even batting .401 in a single season. Yet, for all of his “on the field” accomplishments, he is still widely renowned for his managerial stint with the Detroit Tigers where he won 3 consecutive pennants his first three years of managing (1907 – 1909).
His representation on this miraculous T206 example is, likewise, championship caliber. The classic Carl Horner portrait pose is outstanding, reflecting vivid registration and an extraordinary blend of brilliant colors. The yellow/orange background is stratospheric in nature, providing the collector with an unparalleled radiant like look. The blinding white borders portray a dazzling frame, with the image’s moderate favoritism towards the left edge the only imperfect attribute preventing this card from achieving “mint” status. The four corners are blistering sharp, no surface blemishes are evident, and the Piedmont “150 Subjects” advertisement still retains its original bold blue print. In summary, save the aforementioned centering, all characteristics are synonymous with the term “immaculate” and virtually un-improvable! In the world of card collecting, “pristine” is a phrase seldom used, reserve for cardboard examples that have reached the pinnacle of grading. Obviously, this card’s previous owner(s) were ultra-selective in choosing their baseball cards because while this Jennings offering has not been classified as “mint”, we can’t possibly imagine any other card surpassing is breathtaking qualities!
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