Heartland March 2020 Auction
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Hall of Famer Tris Speaker’s overall achievements are extensive, to say the least. Along with Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, he stands as one of the three premier players from that bygone era, and he just happens to be the player who ended Cobb’s nine consecutive batting title run when he bested the “Georgia Peach” in 1916. Author of a .344 lifetime batting average via 3,500+ hits, Speaker revolutionized the centerfield position by playing almost behind 2nd base, enabling him to gather the most outfield assists in baseball history including an incredible 35 in his 1909 rookie season! Regarding his first full 1909 season with Boston (Speaker did partly play in staggered games throughout the 1907 and 1908 seasons), his T206 subject suffices as one of his earliest cards. For years, the Novelty Cutlery postcard was considered to be Speaker’s “true” rookie card, first released in 1907. However, relatively new information points to their inaugural release being 1909, placing the T206 subject as one of his inaugural cardboard issues (the Rose Company Postcard may now be his “true” rookie since they were first released in 1908). Regardless of which card is the absolute initial Speaker subject, what we do know with 100% certainty is that the T206 Speaker resides as one of his earliest known issues. This remarkable offering portrays such breathtaking aesthetics, it easily stands out as one of the finest preserved T206’s in the hobby. “3-D” baseball cards were first issued in 1968, providing the baseball card collector with an innovative depth perception view of their favorite ball players. This 102 year old offering has somehow retained its original brilliance, providing a degree of depth perception rarely encountered from a century old card. Speaker’s timeless batting image is crystal clear, depicting one of the most definite player poses you will ever encounter. The aforementioned depth perception is assisted by an absolutely stunning bold blue background that projects Speaker’s pose to a virtually unparalleled level. You can almost feel Speaker’s intensity as he focuses on stroking another one of his legendary hits, and his facial hues and period like Boston uniform are near-pristine. The complete image exhibits near-perfect centering between four blinding white borders, and no surface blemishes are evident. Our assumption is that the slightest “touching” at the utmost right angle corner tips, almost invisible to the naked eye, prevent this card from achieving even a higher technical assessment.
T206 Piedmont Tris Speaker Rookie SGC 7 Nr Mint
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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