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    1902-11 W600 Sporting Life - Type 1 Napoleon Lajoie (Street Clothes) True Rookie! PSA VG/EX 4 - Very Rare Green Mount! This is a special lot for Heritage Auctions as it is only the second time we have the opportunity to offer this extremely rare W600 variant to our bidders. The exquisite Carl Horner photograph of the Hall of Fame second baseman acts as the centerpiece of this series as the source employed on Lajoie's T206, Fan Craze, Souvenir PC and E96 appearances. The same portrait is seen on what many consider his rookie card in the historical E107 Breisch Williams edition. The truth is as a Type 1 it is this W600 cabinet that is his true rookie card debut. Considering Lajoie batted .426 in 1901 (still an American League record) he must have been a popular choice but the surviving supply certainly doesn't reflect that. The central images of these large and impressive cabinets unarguably hold a highly elevated level of glamour and desirability. The hobby is indebted to the Sporting Life for producing these spectacular treasures. The portrait seems all too appropriate for upholding the regality of one of the most revered players in the hobby. The mount is a "Type 1" format utilized in 1902 and carries the 1902 date plus has the distinction of having a very rare green color mount that is found barely a handful number of times. Lajoie is without question a key Hall of Famer from a difficult series considering the comprehensive scope of the issue.

    Graded PSA VG/EX 4. The total PSA confirmed population for a type 1 Lajoie in street clothes is just three. This is the only card graded VG/EX two graded higher if that even matters with a rarity such as this. The blank reverse is very clean. Napoleon's portrait is crisp and problem-free. Any W600 Lajoie is a significant addition to a collection. When that card is a rare variation, a collection goes straight to elite status.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2021
    18th-20th Thursday-Saturday
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