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    1932 U.S. Caramel Rogers Hornsby #11 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 - Pop One, None Higher! Rogers Hornsby would be on the lips of everyone when there is any talk of baseballs' brilliance if not for Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Compared to Cobb, one see parallels between the two and they are striking--beyond their positioning at numbers one and two on the career batting average ladder. Each brought a gritty Southern determination to his craft, refusing to hang up the spikes until age forty-one. Both had suffered shocking family tragedy--Cobb's father and Hornsby's brother each shot to death. In addition, after nearly 20,000 combined at bats, just a single strike out separates their respective totals. The clear divide between these two is the home run. Hornsby claimed the Triple Crown in 1922 and 1925, clubbing forty-two and thirty-nine homers respectively. Cobb's single Triple Crown in 1909 was achieved with just nine Dead Ball dingers. It is ironic that those two seasons were off years for the Babe who hit only 35 homers in 1922 and 25 in 1925. Between 1920 through 1929, the hard-slugging Texan bested the fabled .400 plateau three times, claiming the National League batting title all but three years of the decade.

    In addition to his batting, "Rajah" was also one of baseball's greatest personalities. "I don't like to sound egotistical," Hornsby was once quoted to say, "but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher." Sports journalist Lee Allen once wrote, "He was frank to the point of being cruel and as subtle as a belch."

    Graded PSA NM-MT+ 8.5. The only example graded NM-MT+ with none graded higher. After more than eighty years, this is the only known example of this card that has survived to achieve "NM-MT+" status with not a single other is known in a better state of preservation. The term "one of the finest" describes not just this card but also the man who is featured in glorious color and without blemish.

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