This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/27/2010
It just might be easier climbing Mount Everest then finding a PSA 8 or higher T205 gold border specimen! To place this hypothetical concept in perspective, consider that PSA currently lists over 24,000 graded T205 examples on their illustrious “pop” chart with a miniscule 0.7% at the hallowed Near Mint/Mint 8 grade. Furthermore, an unfathomably microscopic 8 copies (0.03%) have managed to achieve a higher grade! It is no secret to hobbyists that the extremely condition sensitive gold borders make the T205 issue one of the toughest issues to find in high grade. This explains why when any near mint or higher example surfaces, elite collectors literally “jockey for position” to seize it for their prestigious PSA Set Registry collection. With that in mind, presented here just happens to be one of the finest T205 cards in existence, a T205 PSA 8 copy of the legendary Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame hurler Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown. Currently, only 3 other Brown examples exist at this plateau with a single specimen graded higher! Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown achieved his nickname when as a young farm boy, he accidentally stuck his hand in a corn shredder, severely cutting his index finger and paralyzing his pinky finger. Fortunately, Brown’s deformed hand seemed to be the primary reason for the movement on his un-hittable pitches, leading him to 239 career wins and a spectacular 2.06 lifetime E.R.A. that is the 3rd best figure lifetime behind Walsh and Joss. He was as good as, if not better than, all “dead-ball” era pitchers, and this remarkable T205 offering of the iconic right-handed twirler is a perfect testament to his legacy. His legendary lithographic portrait pose exhibits superior contrast and clarity, highlighted by the finest robust red background we have ever encountered on any T205 subject. Atypical for most T205 specimens, the borders have retained virtually all of their original gold colored richness, with only faint wear evident near the utmost upper left and lower right corner tips. The edging and corners are significantly sharp, no obverse side surface flaws are evident and the reverse side depicts strong print registration. The only apparent technical stigmas are the obverse side image moderately favoring the right edge and various areas of toning on the reverse side. Otherwise, this easily ranks as one of the best-preserved T205 subjects in existence, with its breathtaking aesthetics worthy of the highest hobby accolades!
1911 T205 Gold Border Mordecai Brown PSA 8 NM/MT
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