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    Early 1910's Walter Johnson Original Photograph Used for 1914-15 Cracker Jack Cards, PSA/DNA Type 1. 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 wind-up," 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."

    It would take eleven seasons after Johnson's 1907 debut for his seasonal earned run average to rise above two, the stat lines of his first decade utterly awash in the bold black text of American League supremacy. This might be the most famous image of the Big Train to emerge from that era of supreme dominance, instantly recognizable to any vintage trading card enthusiast as the image used for the celebrated Cracker Jack issues of 1914 and 1915.

    We can see what Cobb was talking about as we find his fellow inaugural class Hall of Famer engaged in that "easy wind-up" that so sharply contrasted the power it generated. The image is masterfully rendered and printed to ideal 8x10" dimensions. Light edge and corner wear represents the entirety of a condition report. Verso is blank but for a "Walter Johnson" notation in an unknown hand. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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