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    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Walter Johnson Hands at Chest PSA NM-MT 8. 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.

    "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."

    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 offered trading card finds itself part of another elite brotherhood--one of just fourteen "Hands at Chest" variations to achieve a NM-MT 8 rating from PSA, a rating surpassed only three times.

    The card is virtually unchanged from its state as it emerged from a cigarette pack over a century ago, with sharp corners and clean surfaces, held back from a Mint 9 rating likely only due to tiny imperfections in image registration and centering. A truly gorgeous specimen from the game's first great power pitcher.


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