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Lot # 345 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1914 Piedmont Art Stamps Johnny Evers PSA EX 5 - 1 of 1 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Extraordinary ultra high-grade example of Johnny Evers (Chicago Cubs) from one of the rarest and most condition-sensitive of all 1910 tobacco issues: the 1914 Piedmont Art Stamps series. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher and one of only four examples of any player to be graded EX 5 (the highest-grade ever awarded to a Piedmont Art Stamp)! The design of Piedmont Art Stamps is based closely on that of T205 Gold Borders. Piedmont issued these fragile gum-backed stamps one per package. Because of their thin stock, perforated edges, and intended use (to be glued into albums), they rarely survive without serious damage, especially to their backs. PSA has assigned the grade of EX 5 to the card, which is truly remarkable for a sample from this set, but the eye-appeal is far better. The design of the issue leaves many areas for potential downgrading by PSA, especially with reference to the perforated edges. The colors are spectacular, and the image is bright and fresh. The image of Evers, of course, is very familiar, as it is identical to that used in the T205 Gold Border issue. An insignificant piece of excess paper at the extreme top edge of the reverse is likely all that keeps this gem from grading even higher! The reverse is otherwise immaculate, which is very rare for this issue. The blue Piedmont advertisement is bright and totally uninterrupted. An ideal prize example of this significant rarity for the type or Evers collector. SOLD FOR $1,440

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