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    1909-11 T206 Walter Johnson Hands At Chest SGC 84 NM 7 - A Factory 42 Rarity! Undeniably special as a fresh-looking period collectible featuring one of the most feared pitchers in Major League history, this pleasing T206 showcases the likeness of the "Big Train," Walter Johnson. The card's obverse shows the great hurler in a state of poised readiness, and its subdued, beautifully rendered design deftly complements the Hall of Famer's legend. The nicely resolved illustration rests within white borders that reveal unobtrusive slanting in the top and bottom aspects' factory cuts, and the card's overall presentation is a very favorable one. The piece is special, indeed, an observation corroborated by SGC's evaluation, which places the item solidly within the top two percent of the nearly 500 Walter Johnson T206's holdered to date by the company.

    Although its frontal specifications, in themselves, would be sufficient to justify a place of honor for this insert in the finest array, its story isn't limited to the details that are so immediately spotted by the casual viewer. Close examination of the card's back discloses the "fine print," which in this case harbors an extraordinary aspect: the "Piedmont - 350-460 Series" reverse sports a clear "Factory No. 42" imprint. The "42" designator is so achingly rare in this configuration that ownership of a T206 exhibiting this nuance perpetually escapes the grasp of all but the most fortunate and determined specialists of the issue. A collector could search for years without seeing a single specimen, and the fact that, here, the prize is coupled with a superstar obverse places this example into a separate and elite stratosphere of the hobby. A card like this one surfaces once in a decade, maybe, or perhaps only once in a lifetime. Either way, it represents a fantastic, singular opportunity!

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