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1909-11 T206 American Beauty "Home Run" Baker PSA NM-MT 8 - Pop 1-of-1! Old school baseball is filled with colorful nicknames but a select few stand head and shoulders above the rest. History comes to life with such unforgettable names like "The Grey Eagle" (Tris Speaker), "The Canton Cyclone" (Cy Young) and even "Death To Flying Things" (Robert Ferguson). On the written page, these names act as powerful insights of players long beyond this era. There are a few individuals, however, whose prolific greatness on the field earned them a name that became far more identifiable than the one given by his parents. Frank Baker is the prototypical example of this, as most fans to this day know of him simply as "Home Run" Baker. Even "Babe" Ruth, the favorite home run hero of the 20th century was branded with a nickname based on his youthfulness. Ruth may have been referred to as "The Colossus of Clout" and "The Behemoth of Bust," but the honor of being named after the long ball itself was bestowed on another. Offered here is a stunning example of Baker's lone entry in the massive T206 White Border tobacco insert card series which required no less than three seasons of circulation.

The "T206" edition exists with an extensive list of tobacco brands/ factory designations adorning the reverse side of each card. After a century has passed it seems as many hobbyists collect this benchmark edition with careful thought given to the name on the back of the card as much as the name of the players on the obverse. The American Beauty is among the tougher brands known and within the T206 "350 Series" and can be found with and without a frame decoration. The "No Frame" version which happens to apply to this offering is very scarce and currently is confirmed on less than fifty of the hundreds of players found in the T206 series. This card shows slight evidence of handling on the reserve and minimal amounts of wear at the corner tips. The front surface is clean, the surrounding borders are bright; print registration is precise; the inks seem to forgotten to show their age as they are vibrant and fresh looking.

The PSA population report shows that of the over 260 "Home Run" Baker cards submitted only four exist at the NM-MT 8 level. A high grade trio are currently listed with backs "unknown" making this the only confirmed NM-MT 8 example to have an American Beauty reverse. Considering the scarcity of the brand and the fact that only one other confirmed Baker/ American Beauty combo is recorded (a PSA Good+ 2.5) it is highly likely this is a unique collectible deserving of the coveted "Pop 1-of-1 with none higher" title. We should also note that the Baker card in the much heralded T206 "Harris" collection was a NM 7 and currently no known T206 of Frank "Home Run" Baker recorded at the Mint 9 level is known to exist.

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August, 2010
5th Thursday
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