Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/5/2012
The T206 “Monster Set” continues to draw unparalleled attention among the hobby’s elite enthusiasts with a seemingly countless number of collectors looking to augment their cherished tobacco compilations. In lieu of the recently celebrated 100th anniversary, hobbyists are scrambling to obtain some of the finest preserved specimens circulating within the hobby. 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 an abundance of Cooperstown inductees. One of those cherished Hall of Famers is the legendary Napoleon Lajoie, and it is his breathtaking Piedmont Cigarettes 150 Subjects “throwing” T206 version presented here in a PSA 8 holder. Currently, only 5 other examples have been graded higher for ALL advertisement backs, with only 2 other “Piedmont Cigarette” specimens listed at this stratospheric tier. In fact, PSA’s illustrious “pop” chart substantiates the daunting task to obtain ANY super high grade T206 example with only 1.6% of the total 144,000+ encapsulated copies achieving the lofty “NM/MT 8” technical assessment and a paltry 0.2% graded higher!
For 21 seasons, Nap Lajoie terrorized American League hurlers via his staggering 3,200+ hits and .338 lifetime batting average. Along with Hornsby and Collins, he is widely recognized as one of the finest 2nd sacker ever with his amazing 1901 .422 batting average still reigning supreme as a modern day A.L. record. Somewhat synonymous with his premier standing is this outstanding offering that likewise qualifies with a handful of other subjects as one of the finest of its kind! Lajoie’s classic “throwing” illustration depicts an incredible array of grey uniform hues, complimented by the virtually never seen near-perfect centering. Dazzling white corners, pinpoint corners, and a crystal clear image complete this near-immaculate obverse side that has evaded any obtrusive surface flaws over the past century. As a final exclamation point, the flipside bold mid-night blue “Piedmont Cigarettes 150 Subjects” ad back is likewise pristine, and atypically reflects virtually 50/50 centering. PSA’s census report clearly indicates that only five specimens, regardless of ANY ad back, have managed to exceed this world-class gem, justifying why it merits a secure place in any esteemed T206 gathering!
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