1909-11 T206 Walter Johnson Hands at Chest PSA NM-MT 8. A delicious sampling of the artistry found among the classic T206 production's incomparable gallery, this "Hands at Chest" pose of Washington star Walter Johnson boasts impeccable quality in preservation. Beyond that, though, its window of insight into a bygone era is an especially illuminating one. Too many collectibles of the period - which were admittedly ephemeral in conception - lend only cursory acknowledgement of details that distinguish a time. To span the bridge of generations, in order to genuinely acquaint the dreamers of the future with the legends of the past, a card must capitalize on the every visual nuance: the style of the uniforms, the texture of the gloves, the shadows and the seasons. And the Hall of Fame piece seen here quietly and adroitly accomplishes that mission. Within the context of so many vintage trading cards available in the hobby, this Johnson commemorative, with its lovingly crafted design, stands apart to afford a truly splendid view of the game's much-revered past.

    As legitimately "factory fresh" in appearance as a T206 could possibly be, this razor-edged collectible's grade has been exceeded by just three others -- across a PSA census spectrum that accounts for nearly 400 copies. Its sole concessions to origin on a mortal plane being slightly leftward image orientation and a negligible offset in its yellow inking stage, this ultra-bright relic has utterly defied time's aging effects. The cardback's "Sweet Caporal - 350 Subjects" branding is exemplary, as expected.

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