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    1951 Bowman Whitey Ford #1 SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5. Baseball is considered the most purely American sport. It's history wouldn't be what it is if players failed to seek every competitive advantage. Clear differentiations can and must be made between pitchers doctoring balls and the Frankenstein's monster-style cheating which comes in a hypodermic needle. The great Rogers Hornsby once admitted, "I've cheated, or someone on my team has cheated, in almost every single game I've been in." Fellow HoFer John McGraw used to trip baserunners during his playing days, or grab them by the back of the belt. Talk of doctoring persists but everybody admires Whitey, as well they should. Ford was unquestionably the premier southpaw of the American League, with an astounding record of sixty-six wins and nineteen losses between the years of 1961 and 1963. In 1955 he pitched consecutive one-hit games, upon retirement Ford amassed 45 shutout games plus eight 1-0 victories. His career year came in 1961 with a 25-4 W-L record, the Cy Young award and World Series MVP... all during the Mantle/Maris home run race.

    As a rookie in 1950, Ford won his first nine decisions giving New York fans a glimpse of his talents, he was voted Rookie of The Year by the Sporting News, but service to his country became priority with Ford serving in the Korean War in 1951 and 1952. He returned in 1953 and served in Yankee pinstripe until his retirement in 1967. He '50 exploits didn't go unnoticed by Bowman who choose to feature the young lefty to start their 1951 edition. As all collectors come to realize at some point, the #1 card is by far the most condition sensitive entry to e equaled only by the card that concludes any given promotion. This card seems to have managed to avoid being handled by human hands young or old. Graded SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5, this is one of a pair at the NM/MT+ level with another pair rated higher. All from a total population of over 250 making this one of the top 1.5% finest according to the SGC census. The fist thing one sees is the crisp and finely detailed portrait. Bold hues, fresh gloss and a complete lack of defects truly captures your attention and does not let go. The four corners are all but free on any wear or sing of handling. If the centering is off... it is by a hairline. This is a beautiful example worthy of the finest collections of 1951 Bowman cards or New York Yankees. If you need a reason to buy add a card to your collection, find one as you will be sorry should you pass on this incredible card.

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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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