Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2012
One of the toughest 1959 Topps cards to obtain in extremely high-grade condition is the prestigious Ford Frick #1 subject, a typical scenario for every #1 card from virtually every existing set. Substantiating that notion is this magnificent PSA 8.5 Ford Frick 1959 Topps offering that includes only a single other specimen at this stratospheric plateau with a mere 7 examples graded higher! This card is a strong testament to Hall of Famer Ford Frick’s legacy. Frick became president of the National League in 1935 and was one of the leading advocators for creating an institution dedicated to our National Pastime’s greatest players. Hence, in 1936, the five charter members received the necessary votes required for induction (Ruth, Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson and Johnson) with the official inaugural opening ceremonies taking place in 1939. Unfortunately, Frick is most commonly remembered as the commissioner responsible for the ultra controversial asterisk next to the infamous Roger Maris 1961 home run record, the year Maris swatted 61 round trippers during a 162 game schedule. Frick had been Babe Ruth’s ghost writer, most likely retaining a sentimental attachment to “Babe’s” record, and seizing the opportunity to use Ruth’s 154 game schedule to his advantage. Frick’s representation on this seldom offered 1959 Topps #1 “NM-MT+ 8.5” marvel is virtually immaculate! His classic formal attire portrait photo is nearly flawless, reflecting brilliant life like facial features. The background Americana red, white and blue colors are a tribute to this country’s National Pastime, portraying an impeccable surface with the entire image extremely well-centered between four snow white borders. The perimeter is constructed with razor sharp corners and edging, with the “Ford Frick” yellow printed name depicting bold coloring and crystal clear clarity. The reverse side Ford Frick brief green print biography is likewise spectacular, set against a flawless cream white background. All of the aforementioned technical qualities sum up to an un-improvable 53 year-old gem, and we find it hard to imagine any of the other handful of 1959 Topps PSA Mint 9 Frick’s possibly beating this pack fresh treasure
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