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    The only known example!

    1914 Boston Garter Color Walter Johnson SGC 30 Good 2.
    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 presented cardboard commemorative is, quite literally, the rarest bearing his image in the entirety of the Standard Catalog--the sole example appearing in the joint population reports of SGC and PSA.

    As noted in the text for the Cobb representation likewise on offer within this Platinum Night event, the cause of the intense rarity is twofold. First, these unusual relics were produced for the purpose of window display in retail outlets hawking the sock garters the cards advertise, thus printed in quantities far smaller than contemporary tobacco and candy cards. The oversized (8x4") dimensions whittled the original population down to a tiny fraction thereof--fewer than twenty examples from the full twelve-card set appear in a major grader's slab.

    Like its Cobb sibling, this Johnson representation provides aesthetic appeal considerably superior to its technical grade, as the image area is bright, well-registered and nearly entirely free of defects. The points lost relate primarily to typical edge and corner wear, a handwritten "1913" in pencil on verso, and minor dampstaining and paper loss at lower left and upper right verso corners respectively. But, again, we stress that the singular rarity of this gorgeous relic renders any and all condition complaints absurd. This is unquestionably one of the most exciting trading card offerings of 2018.


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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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