January 2010 Auction
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The presented 1915 Cracker Jack example of Walter Johnson has been graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 but presents strong NM/MT or better qualities in every scrutable category but for its self-evident centering preference for the right edge. NM/MT corners showing microscopic tip touches join equally incisive if not better edges around two brilliantly preserved, stain-free surfaces. The back boasts bold, black print and appears to border on perfection, while the front shows just a small handful of perfectly characteristic black pin pricks of print in the blazing red backdrop. The image itself show the vaunted hurler in mid form, rearing back with his typical ease to unleash "The Big Train" against an unknown competitor, perhaps Ty Cobb, who faced "The Gentle Johnson" more times in his career than any other hitter-pitcher combination in MLB history. In Cobb's own words, from Al Stump's biography of the great hitter: "The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park." Indeed, several years later in 1999 when the Sporting News released its list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players, Johnson came in at the #4 spot, the highest ranked pitcher on the list.
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