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    Population one, none finer!

    1950-51 Toleteros Joshua Gibson PSA NM-MT 8.
    He was known as "the black Babe Ruth" in his day, the most fearsome slugger in the Negro Leagues, but forever locked out of the Majors by the improperly termed "Gentlemen's Agreement" that stood until Jackie Robinson crossed the color line three months after Gibson's early death. Imperfect Negro League record keeping has mixed with Gibson's superior talents to create a folk hero of sorts, with estimates of the Hall of Fame catcher's home run tally reaching as high as 950. Chicago American Giants infielder Jack Marshall insisted for years that Gibson once delivered a Yankee Stadium home run over the third deck next to the left field bullpen, which would represent the only fair ball driven beyond the confines of the Bronx ballpark in its 85-year history.

    Satchel Paige asserted, "Josh was the greatest hitter I ever pitched to, and I pitched to everybody. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle. None of them was as great as Josh." Fellow Hall of Famer Leo Durocher also weighed in on Gibson, claiming, "Everything said about him was true, and then some."

    Even the most casual baseball collector is aware that very few artifacts have survived from the days of the Negro Leagues. The Toleteros issues saw circulation only in Puerto Rico. The sets are noted for the inclusion of some of baseball's greatest talents. Their 1950 promotion is particularly noteworthy for its issuance of a Josh Gibson card made public three years after he had died. Perhaps the card company or the Puerto Rican fans felt this was the best display to canonize the man who made such a contribution to their baseball world. After all, more than sixty years later Gibson still holds the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League record with a .480 batting average. He was idolized by fans in Puerto Rico and considered his play there as the high point of his career.

    Much like the man it honors, this card stands alone at the top of the heap, the only PSA NM-MT 8 specimen, with none superior. As such, it is no hyperbole to call this the finest Josh Gibson card that exists.


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