Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/13/2009
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jake Martin, a journeyman player a best, may never be elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, but his 1956 Topps PSA Gem Mint “10” masterpiece offered here has as worthy a chance of being enshrined into Cooperstown as any other existing cardboard jewel. To place the rarity of this example in perspective, currently PSA has encapsulated over 149,000 1956 Topps cards with only 70 or a miniscule .047% providing the card qualities required to achieve gem mint “10” status! Furthermore, this is only 1 of 2 Jake Martin 1956 Topps “10’s” ever recorded! How does any vintage card achieve the pinnacle of card grading? Regarding this example, let’s start with the pristine Jake Martin portrait and pitching images that are vividly registered and enclosed by a brilliant aqua-marine cool green background. Next in line are the dazzling, almost “blizzard” white borders that are perfectly centered with perimeter edging and corners that are ultra razor sharp. The all important surface gloss on the front of the card is completely intact, providing a “pack fresh” eye appeal reserved for only a handful of vintage cards circulating throughout the hobby. The reverse side exhibits depicts superior print contrast against the gray, red and green assorted background colors, with the entire collaboration of verbiage and statistical data neatly centered. Wow…just an immaculate card! In summary, and at the risk of falling short of superlatives, this offering is absolutely brilliant! A card portraying a myriad of “Gen Mint 10” qualities so spectacular, its aesthetics are obviously the equal of its 1956 production date. Considering that cardboard gems such as this don’t come along every day, high end set collectors should extend themselves to the limit for this “work of prestigious art”, still preserved in its original mint state after 50+ years!
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