Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/24/2012
Excluding the iconic T206 “Monster Set”, the renowned 1911 T205 Gold Border issue may suffice as the most popular 20th century tobacco set. Due to their flaky gold border surfaces, virtually all of the cards are subject to extreme condition sensitivity, justified by the PSA “pop” chart indicating that for the 27,000+ encapsulated subjects, only 0.7% reside in “NM/MT-8” holders with a microscopic 0.03% exceeding graded higher! With that in mind, this miraculous PSA 8 depiction of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith has been joined by a paltry 3 other specimens as the finest of its kind on the COMBINED PSA and SGC “Pop” charts! Hall of Famer Clark Griffith was nicknamed the “Old Fox”, and while winning 240 games over a super major league career was more renowned for his 20 year managerial stint with four different ball clubs as well as becoming the major owner of the Washington Nationals. This remarkable “NM/MT” offering of the legendary Cooperstown inductee unquestionably ranks as one of Griffith’s most breathtaking cardboard heirlooms. The classic lithographic portrait image is virtually perfect, exhibiting the finest array of facial details and blue hues. Affixed to a pristine and sparkling autumn orange background, the illustration is extremely well-centered between four absolutely immaculate gold borders, an irrefutable atypical characteristic for ANY T205 example. Final exclamation points include pinpoint corners, razor sharp edges, no apparent surface blemishes and a super clean reverse side. High-grade PSA Set Registry collectors will, indeed, have to wage battle over this dream cardboard marvel that shares the spotlight as one of the 3 finest Clark Griffith T205 gems in existence as well as one of the supreme T205 examples for ANY subject!
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