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    1909-11 T206 Piedmont Walter Johnson Portrait PSA NM-MT 8. "The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup," the legendary Ty Cobb recounted. "And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't tough him. Every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park." For over half a century, Walter Johnson endured a lonely existence as the sole inhabitant of the 3,000 Strikeout Clubhouse until Cardinals ace Bob Gibson became his first roommate in 1974. Though Gibson may have matched Johnson's famous velocity, the Big Train was a singular rarity in the dawning decades of the twentieth century, striking fear into the hearts of even the most accomplished and unflappable batsmen of the day.

    Three decades after that memorable first encounter, Cobb and Johnson would join Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson as the very first inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The presented example of his portrait card from the hobby's most adored tobacco issue is only a hair less exclusive--one of only six to achieve a Mint 9 rating from PSA, with none grading higher.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. Overall, PSA has notes almost 1,000 examples on their census. This is one of eight in NM-MT with six rated higher. Among cards confirmed with the Piedmont brand, this is one of three in NM-MT with a trio rated higher. His classic image is centered perfectly between clean borders and four quality corners.


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    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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