Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/24/2012
Here is one you don’t see very often! Presented here is one of the finest cardboard representations for Hall of Fame right-hander Vic Willis, an outstanding PSA 8 specimen. Its “rare for the grade” notion is justified by PSA only listing and additional 4 examples at this hallowed plateau with a sole copy graded higher! No type card is currently “hotter” than the illustrious T206 subjects with elite enthusiasts scrambling to obtain some of the finest preserved specimens circulating within the hobby. Unfortunately, a majority of cardboard jewels are being held back by the elite PSA Set Registry enthusiasts who continue to compile their “world class” T206 compilations. For the past several auctions, Goodwin & Company has had the distinct honor of offering some of the premier T206 subjects in the hobby, and this auction continues to provide ample opportunities to capture a myriad of high grade examples for a myriad of Cooperstown inductees. This Vic Willis offering certainly suffices as one of those seldom surfacing gems via its lofty technical assessment and brilliant aesthetics! One of the “dead-ball” era’s most underrated pitchers, Hall of Famer Vic Willis won 20 or more games eight different occasions including a spectacular 24 wins in his inaugural 1898 season with the Boston Braves. He joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1906, and posted 22 wins in the Pirates 1909 championship season. Synonymous with that magnificent season is the astonishing eye appeal of this vintage keepsake. Atypically, the legendary right-hander is portrayed holding a bat, and his non-pitching pose certainly has retained most of its original technical qualities. A brilliant array of gray and red tints highlight his period styled uniform, and you can feel the intensity via his “3-D-like” facial hues. Affixed to a super clean yellow setting, the image is extremely well-centered between four bright white borders. Scintillating corner tips, sharp edging and a nearly pristine “Sweet Caporal Cigarettes 350 Subjects” ad back complete this extraordinary heirloom that has only been bested by a sole PSA encapsulated specimen!
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