Lot # 42: 1911 M116 Sporting Life Walter Johnson PSA 8 NM-MT – Only 4 PSA Examples Graded Higher!

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $4,000.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring '23 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 4/13/2023 9:00 AM to
5/6/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 42)
1911 M116 Sporting Life Walter Johnson PSA 8 NM-MT – Only 4 PSA Examples Graded Higher!

"BIG TRAIN" GEM!!!... The M116 Sporting Life cards were offered to subscribers of the Sporting Life periodical in 24 separate series of 12 cards each, and one its majestic subjects, the immortal Walter Johnson, is presented here in a spectacular PSA 8 NM-MT holder. Joined by only six other examples at this hallowed plateau, a meager four PSA specimens have been graded higher! By the start of the 1911 campaign, Johnson had already posted three sub-2.00 ERAs in only four seasons, and he would continue that trend in 1911 by ending the year with a microscopic 1.90 ERA. What a breathtaking combination; baseball's arguable greatest all-time pitcher portrayed on his super popular high-grade M116 keepsake. The mere mention of Johnson's hallowed name can make even the most novice collector's heart skip a beat, and why not? Johnson's status as our National Pastime's finest pitcher ever is supported by his astonishing 417 lifetime wins, 2.17 ERA and possibly his greatest record of all, 110 shutouts including an amazing thirty-eight 1-0 victories!

Current MLB pitchers virtually never toss nine full innings, let alone nine scoreless frames, with Walter's 110 shutouts one of our National Pastime's truly unbreakable records. This outstanding M116 offering is a perfect testament for his eternal legacy, commencing with the crystal-clear Carl Horner portrait image that is extremely well-centered between four dazzling white borders. Additional highlights include a sparkling array of pastel colors including the robust pinkish facial hues emanating from the Big Train's classic Carl Horner illustration, immaculate surfaces, pinpoint corners, fine edging and a super clean verso. A timeless offering stubbornly defying 112 years of potential wear, now is your golden opportunity to jump aboard this extraordinary Big Train memento and ride it directly to the winner's circle!

MIN BID $4,000

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