Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/13/2009
In 1911, the George Close Company of Cambridge Mass. released a very popular candy set with 30 different subjects that included seven possible color backs (gold, red, hunter green, purple, olive/lime green, blue and yellow). One of the sets most popular and valuable subjects is the legendary Hall of Fame centerfielder Tris Speaker, presented here in a super eye pleasing PSA 4 holder. How tough is this issue? Currently PSA has only encapsulated 16 examples with a mere 3 cards graded higher! The mega popular Hall of Fame Red Sox and Indians player, along with Mays and DiMaggio, many experts consider Speaker one of the top three centerfielders to ever play the game. Author of a .344 lifetime batting average via 3,500+ hits, Speaker revolutionized the centerfield position by playing almost behind 2nd base, enabling him to gather the most outfield assists in baseball history including an incredible 35 in his 1909 rookie season! His representation on this offering may his finest vintage issue based on the scarcity and wonderfully rare image affixed to the card. Speaker is about to stroke another line drive with his “choke up” batting grip, with the phto depicting outstanding contrast. The hunter green background is completely flawless, uninterrupted with any blemishes, and framed by four super clean white borders. The centering is relatively 50/50 “tip to bottom” and 60/40 “left to right”, with fine perimeter edging connected by four somewhat square corners reflecting mild wear. Only the top right corner exhibits a moderate diagonal wrinkle across its border, the only apparent crease throughout the card. The 30 subject checklist back portrays vivid registration set against a clean background. The diminutive impression, no more than “½”, that is situated near the lower right border does not diminish the reverse side eye appeal, whatsoever. The overall eye appeal of this E94 Speaker certainly exceeds its technical “VG-EX” assessment, exhibiting a splendor reserved for “EX” graded cards. Aesthetically superior to many of its brethren, this masterpiece is highly sought after by many advanced enthusiasts. Considering that Speaker did not appear on some of the major E”/candy type cards distributed in 1909 and 1910 (his absence is obvious on the E92, E93, E95, E96 and E101 issues) assumingly due to 1909 being his rookie seasons, collectors scramble to gather the remaining candy cards available for this baseball legend. None could be rarer or more sought after than this superior offering that has only been bested by 3 other examples. We highly advise that you don’t let this marvelous representation of the “Grey Eagle”, as he was commonly called, pass you by!
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