1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams Rookie PSA 8 NM-MT
WILLIAMS ROOKIE!!! Rookie card mania continues to dominate the card hobby, with virtually all iconic Cooperstown inductees' inaugural cardboard heirlooms shattering records with each and every passing sale. One of those highly coveted rookie marvels is the illustrious 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams that is presented here in a spectacular PSA 8 holder, with only 14 PSA examples graded higher! Regarding Ted Williams incredible legacy, it is not every time that we have the opportunity to fulfill our lifetime dream. For the great Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, achieving his dream of "walking down the street with people passing me and saying there goes the greatest hitter who ever lived" DID become a reality.
Most experts agree that the "Splendid Splinter' is the greatest hitter of all-time. Williams batted .344 lifetime, hit 521 home runs, batted in almost 2,000 runs and had the 2nd highest slugging percentage ever (behind Babe Ruth), accomplishing all of this while missing five years in WWII and the Korean War as a fighter pilot! He is the last baseball player to hit .400 or better when he achieved a .406 average in his famous 1941 season, accomplishing all of these feats over four decades. The card itself provides a "splendid" black & white batting swing pose as Ted completes his unparalleled swing. Bright white borders frame the classic image that is, atypically, centered virtually "dead-on", defying the off-center technical stigma commonly associated with this issue. Both the edging and corners are extremely sharp, and no superficial wear is evident.
The reverse side bold black print registration is perfect, set against a blemish free gray background and the final exclamation point to one of the finer 8's you will ever see. Similar to Ruth and DiMaggio, Ted Williams will forever be categorized as an American hero, solidified by William's being the best at his craft both in the batter's box and battling enemy fighter air craft in two separate wars. Little did people realize back in 1939 that when a young "kid" stepped to the plate, similar to the Williams image reflected on this card, they were witnessing the emergence of the greatest hitter in the history of our storied National Pastime, with none of his cardboard mementos more significant than his inaugural 1939 Play Ball gem!
MIN BID $7,500