Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/5/2012
No pre-war set can possibly boast the unparalleled prestige of the ATC’s T206 tobacco issue distributed between 1909 and 1911. With 524 basic subjects, it has achieved its “Monster” designation due to the excruciating task of potentially gathering all of its subjects which just happens to include four of the hobby’s most hallowed cards (Wagner, Plank, Magie error, and Doyle variation). For those meticulous and highly advanced enthusiasts, seeking examples in ultra-high grades remains a daunting task due to the virtually unique opportunities to come across lofty graded specimens. One of those lofty technically assessed copies is presented here, a remarkable PSA 8 “Hands at Chest” specimen of the immortal Hall of Fame twirler Addie Joss. Currently, PSA’s “pop” chart indicates that only 2 other “Sweet Cap” examples exist at this lofty tier with NONE graded higher. Additionally, only a SOLE specimen has managed to achieve a highr grade, regardless of its advertisement back!
Seizing any PSA 8 T206 card is tough enough, let alone a renowned Hall of Famer with only 1.6% of the total 144,000+ PSA encapsulated examples achieving this lofty assessment with a paltry 0.2% graded higher! One of the most underrated pitchers in baseball history is the beloved right handed Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame twirler Addie Joss who owns the second lowest lifetime E.R.A. of all-time, a microscopic 1.89 figure. Author of two no-hitters, in 1908 Joss tossed a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox when he bested the great Ed Walsh 1-0 in one of the greatest pitched games in baseball history. Joss cards hold a special place with pure vintage collectors since he tragically passed away in April 1911, the victim of spinal meningitis. Strikingly similar to Lou Gehrig’s legacy, Addie Joss will always be best remembered for his sudden and tragic death, with its unforeseen circumstances far surpassing his incredible accomplishments as one of our National Pastime’s finest hurlers. Likewise, his immaculate “hands at chest” pose displays “world-class” championship caliber via its impeccable gray uniform hues and bright orange/yellow sky setting. Fine centering only reflects a slight favoritism towards the upper edge between four clean white borders. Razor sharp corner tips, brilliant surfaces, and a bold red “Sweet Caporal Cigarette 350-460 Subjects” advertisement provide the final tpuches to one of the premier Addie Joss T206 specimens in existence!
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