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1909-1911 T206 Clark Griffith Portrait - From Bowie Kuhn's Personal Collection!
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $356
Normally a Clark Griffith portrait example from the T206 set in low grade would be too modestly valued to appear as its own individual lot. The offered card, however, is perhaps one of the most special examples in existence. It originates directly from the personal collection of former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, and, when the Bowie Kuhn Collection was offered at public auction in 2008 (following his passing in 2007), this was described as Kuhn's first baseball card. Scanning the lots in the auction, it also appears to have been his only vintage baseball card. It is pedigreed by SGC as from The Bowie Kuhn Collection and has been graded FAIR 20. Kuhn was known to have treasured this card of Griffith in special appreciation of the man who owned the Washington Senators, Kuhn's favorite team as a boy growing up in Washington, and also because Kuhn's earliest involvement in baseball was as a scoreboard attendant for Clark Griffith's Washington Senators. While condition is a secondary concern for this unique card, it is bright and crisp with even rounding to the corners, perfect centering, and two heavy creases. The Sweet Caporal reverse is boldly printed. This is a fascinating card that has special significance as a prized personal keepsake of Bowie Kuhn. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Bowie Kuhn's family. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $356
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