1909-11 T206 Tris Speaker Rookie – "Sweet Caporal 350 Subjects/Factory 25" PSA 7 NM - "1 of 2 Sweet Caps; Only 3 Speaker Sweet Caps Graded Higher!
One of the most coveted T206 subjects is the 1909 Tris Speaker rookie card that unquestionably resides as his inaugural MLB cardboard issue. Since no 1908 Speaker Rose Postcard has ever been officially confirmed, Speakers 1909 tobacco gem is the Speaker cardboard issue that enthusiasts consider a "must have" for either their esteemed rookie card compilation. The "Gray Eagle", Speaker's popular nickname, was one of the greatest centerfielder's who ever graced a ball field. Over a 22-year career, primarily with Boston and Cleveland, he accumulated 3,514 hits, including 792 doubles and 222 triples to the tune of a .345 lifetime batting average. He was famous for playing the shallowest centerfield in major league history, almost daring the hitter to drive the ball over his head, and is credited with the most outfield assists in major league history (449) including a single season record of 35 in 1909!
As a testament to his incredible legacy is this awe-inspiring T206 Speaker PSA EX.MT 7 Sweet Caporal 350 Subjects offering that stands as one of 2 listed Sweet Cap ad backs on the PSA population report with a meager 3 Sweet Cap examples graded higher! Speaker's classic batting stance is the highlight of this rookie keepsake that exhibits a sparkling central image, ultra-rich blue background, and four bright white borders. While the image does favor the upper left edges (most likely preventing a higher assessment), the brilliant Speaker batting pose, relatively clean surfaces, right-angled corners, razor-sharp perimeter and bold red Sweet Caporal 350 Subjects advertisement are the final exclamation points for this cardboard masterpiece. In closing, this offering's spectacular robust blue background and crystal-clear Speaker batting pose places this example at a superior level, synonymous with Speaker's playing excellence that rightfully earned him a 1939 nod into our National Pastime's illustrious Hall of Fame!
MIN BID $2,500