October 2009 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/7/2009
Arguably the hardest hurler of the deadball era, "Smoky Joe" Wood earned his nickname because of his scorching fastball. Asked about the young Boston fire-baller, famed contemporary Walter Johnson replied: "Can I throw harder than Joe Wood? Listen, my friends, there's no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!" An 18 year-old rookie in 1908, Wood eventually achieved fame in 1911 with 23 wins and a 2.02 ERA. The following year, he beat Walter Johnson in a highly anticipated match-up for his 15th of 16 consecutive wins, a record he coincidentally shared with "The Big Train." Later that year, he notched 3 wins in the World Series and became the first pitcher to ever tab double-digit K's in a single World Series game. Sadly, Wood injured his thumb the following year and never fully recovered. Graded SGC 96 MINT 9, offered here is one of the finest surviving examples of Wood's 1915 Cracker Jack issue. 1 of just 2 examples in its pinnacle class at SGC with just 2 unsurpassed competitors on record at PSA, the offered specimen boasts near perfect centering with a strong MINT+ to GEM MINT perimeter around a bold and precisely registered MINT obverse. A relatively affordable centerpiece for any educated fan of the game, and arguably the single finest example in existence!
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