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    1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson SGC 70 EX+ 5.5. A Connecticut arms laboratory recorded Walter Johnson's fastball at 134 feet per second, the equivalent of ninety-nine miles per hour. Somehow the lanky farm boy was able to generate this velocity with a smooth side-armed motion that baffled and certainly terrified opposing batters. New York Highlanders outfielder Birdie Cree provided his own methodology for handling Johnson's speed: "When you see the arm start forward, swing."

    Johnson was a tall and unassuming sight on the mound, belying his dominating game. His 3,500+ strikeouts and 417 victories places the Big Train in the rarest of company. When Walter Johnson appears in a tobacco or candy card promotion, he is always among the key subjects pursued by passionate card enthusiasts, as much now as he assuredly was back in the day. He is, without a doubt, a key name in the T204 Ramly series, his card solid in its ranking high within the top 100 of the entire hobby. The offered example has every qualification sure to entice and satisfy the most condition-conscious hobbyist.

    Graded SGC 70 EX+ 5.5. The delicate golden embossing is both the key to this issue's beauty and its most challenging pitfall, as the design is unusually susceptible to wear, particularly at the edges and corners. One finds very little in terms of wear at corners, surfaces and embossing. The presented entry stands alone at the EX+ level. A half-dozen have earned elevated judgements from an SGC total population that stands at just twenty-six. This card is without question one of Walters premier card collectibles.


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    July, 2018
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