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1909-11 T206 Piedmont Hugh Jennings, Portrait PSA Mint 9 - Pop Two, None Higher! ...

2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog Auction - Dallas #7085

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Auction Ended On: Nov 7, 2013
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1909-11 T206 Piedmont Hugh Jennings, Portrait PSA Mint 9 - Pop Two, None Higher! Hugh Jennings saw the greatest period of development the spry young sport of baseball has yet to match. For the better part of 40 years Jennings excelled as both player and manager. Regardless of his role, success followed. He was an excellent shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles who won National League championships in 1894, 1895 and 1896. Jennings even batted the exalted .400 mark with a .401 average in 1896 belting out 209 hits. He was even hit by a pitch 51 times that year (a record that still stands) for a .472 on base percentage. With Brooklyn, Jennings helped make them pennant winners in 1899 and 1900. Hugh passed the bar in 1905 and practiced law during the off-season for the remainder of his lifetime. His taste for managing came from his days coaching at Cornell University Law and for 13 seasons Jennings managed/coached the Detroit Tigers starting in 1907. His Tigers, with the help of Sam Crawford and a brash youngster named Cobb, won the pennant in 1907, '08 and 1909 and would retire from baseball in 1920. His whistling, wild dance moves, and shouts of "Ee-Yah" are now woven into the tapestry of the history of the game for which Jennings will also be known for.

Graded PSA Mint 9, this card is one of two to have survived over a century seemingly never touched by human hands. Both are noted to have "Piedmont" brand reverse. No superlative seems suitably appropriate for a card such as this, a monumentally valuable and impressive piece as rare as a lightning strike on a lottery winner. Currently 280 of the well over 156,000 T206's encased in PSA holders bear a Mint 9 or better header. Less than 20% if that total census has graded an unqualified NM or better. The result is that collectors know that just a precious few ultra-high quality cards from this most beloved of tobacco issues still exist. This card is nothing short of a throw back in time. The front/back surfaces clean enough satisfy the most discriminating critic. The colors are probably as vibrant and clear as they were a century ago and the same can be said of the problem free print of the reverse. This is a fabulous example from a cornerstone issue ideally suited to act as the cornerstone of any vintage collection.

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