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1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson PSA NM 7

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $6,518

Graded NM 7 by PSA. One of only ten examples graded at this level by PSA, with just four graded higher (all NM-MT 8) out of a total of 251 examples evaluated to date. Absolutely stunning, ultra high-grade example of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson from the T205 Gold Borders, one of the great classics from one of the most popular of all 1910-era tobacco issues. This is a remarkably sharp and incredibly high grade example for any T205 Gold Border tobacco card, let alone one of Walter Johnson. The card has only the slightest hint of white at the extreme tips of only two corners, visible only under the closest inspection, and the easily chipped gold borders are without any white showing whatsoever. Centered very slightly to the top left, this striking card has flawless colors and registration. The Sweet Caporal reverse of the card is also bright and perfectly clean (centered to the right). This is a gem of a card, and all the more so in light of the fact that Walter Johnson is particularly difficult to find in high grade. This may relate to the fact that Johnson appears to be rarer in any condition than many other T205s, including some other key Hall of Famers. For example, the PSA Population Report shows a total of 555 Christy Mathewson and 477 Ty Cobb T205 examples graded, but only 251 Walter Johnson. This is a world-class ultra high-grade T205 example of Walter Johnson, one of the most popular Hall of Famers, from one of collecting's most classic and condition-sensitive sets. The SMR value is $7,500.Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518

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