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1914 E224 Texas Tommy Type 2 - Walter Johnson
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $15,080.00
Incredibly rare "Texas Tommy" Type 2 of Walter Johnson, of the "Washington Americans." It is almost impossible to find even a common player sample card from this issue, let alone a major Hall of Famer. An example from "Texas Tommy" Type 2 is missing from almost every advanced sample card collection. In thirty-five years, we have had literally only a handful of cards from this set. Little is known about the product with which Texas Tommys were issued, but it is believed by Jefferson Burdick to have been a candy issue. Type 1 cards have printing, including advertising, on their reverses. Type 2 cards are slightly smaller (1.875 x 3 inches), are printed on far superior stock, with glossy finish (as opposed to Type 1 cards which are lower quality "flat" printing), and have blank backs. The Walter Johnson card is also one of only two Texas Tommy Type 2 cards known which feature an image which is different than its Type 1 counterpart, giving this card a very special distinction among both Texas Tommys and rare Walter Johnson cards. In fact, we believe the photo used on this card may be unique to this set. While the card has been graded VG-EX 50 by SGC, it is immediately obvious upon viewing that this extraordinary example appears to be in strong Nr/Mt-Mt condition. The card was long ago mounted in an album, and was later carefully removed. Extremely close examination of the blank reverse reveals the most minute, barely detectable traces of surface abrasions, which was the sole basis for SGC's downgrading of the card. Aside from this extremely minor flaw (which, to be clear, is about as minor a flaw as possible), the card is in solid Near Mint to Mint condition. Bright, perfectly clean and crisp, with sharp corners.This is the finest example in the world of one of the rarest of all Walter Johnson cards, and one of the finest samples known of any player from this extremely rare "E" card set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $15,080.00
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