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Out of the thousands of athletics that have competed professionally, a few notable names have walked away from the sport when they were in their prime years; Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Rocky Marciano, and Bjorn Borg come to mind. But perhaps the most dominant athlete to end their career abruptly was golfing Hall of Famer Bobby Jones. So highly respected for his mastery of the golf course that Tiger Woods is often referred to as "the modern-day Bobby Jones", Jones rose to superstardom at a young age to become the only athlete to win the sport's grand slam, then retired from professional play at the youthful age of 28 to concentrate on his law practice. Before tearing up the pro circuit, Jones, like Woods, was the world's premier amateur golfer, winning virtually every tournament he entered and even beat notable Hall of Fame golfers like Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen while playing in professional tournaments as an amateur. Jones founded the Augusta National Golf Club and co-founded the Masters Tournament. Several different issues of golf cards were produced abroad in the 1920s and 1930s, but one of the most celebrated issues was the 1926 Lambert & Butler "Who's Who in Sport" series, with R. T. "Bobby" Jones the key card of the series. Featured here is a thoroughly intoxicating PSA 9 MINT specimen that is matched by just 6 others at the MINT level with one graded higher. A perfectly delivered black and white image of the golfing prodigy is surrounded by a pack-fresh white border that extends out to GEM MINT corners. The reverse has a deeply printed black bio on a bone-white canvas that is so clean and fresh that it has to be seen in person to be believed. The side-to-side centering is a few degrees to the right, probably the only reason the card joins the ranks of the GEM MINT level. If someone handed you this card raw and asked you how old you thought it was, you'd probably think it was printed within the last few years, not nearly a century ago! Perhaps the most significant issue dedicated to the links in almost impossible PSA 9 MINT condition!
1926 Lambert & Butler Whos Who in Sport #2 R.T. Jones PSA 9 MINT
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $9,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $42,171.60
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Friday, November 12, 2021.
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