Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2012
In lieu of the recently celebrated 100th anniversary, hobbyists are scrambling to obtain some of the finest preserved T206 specimens in circulation, with the desirability level of the T206 “Monster Set” at its all-time level. 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 147,000+ 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. Napoleon Lajoie’s classic “throwing” illustration depicts an incredible array of grey uniform hues, with the stellar image exhibiting only a modest favoritism towards the left edge. Clean white borders, pinpoint corners, razor sharp edges and the aforementioned pristine like image complete this near-immaculate obverse side that has seemingly defies “father-time”. As a final compliment to this tobacco treasure, the flipside bold mid-night blue “Piedmont Cigarettes 150 Subjects” ad back also depicts the “pack-fresh” caliber expected from any century-old baseball card carrying the ultra-scarce “NM-MT 8” technical assessment. PSA’s illustrious “pop” chart clearly indicates that only five specimens, regardless of ANY ad back, have managed to exceed this museum worthy masterpiece, substantiating why it merits a final resting place in one of the finest T206 compilations!
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