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    1909-11 T206 Piedmont 150 Nap Lajoie PSA NM 7. He was born to French Canadian parents who emigrated to the United States, named for the famous conqueror but often called "Larry," a nickname he picked up when a teammate struggled with the pronunciation of his surname. Like his contemporary Shoeless Joe Jackson, Lajoie was a grade school dropout who worked in a textile mill as a boy and quickly showed talent in industrial league play. As word of his slugging prowess spread, Lajoie rose through the semi-professional ranks to the Class B New England League Fall River Indians, and then almost immediately to the Majors for six years in Philadelphia with the Phillies and Athletics. But it was Lajoie's time in Cleveland for which he is best remembered, his popularity so great that the team was dubbed the "Naps" in his honor. Here he proudly represents his adopted Cleveland hometown beneath a PSA NM 7 banner, one of only eighteen (Piedmont & unspecified) to achieve that lofty mark. Only fifteen examples have ever graded higher. This is a gorgeously clean and brightly-colored representation, likely restrained by an even higher assessment only by a slight northerly shift in centering.

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