Graded EX 5 by PSA. This is the only example graded at this level with just a single EX-MT 6 graded higher. The card features Hall of Famer Walter Johnson in a ready-to-pitch pose. It is interesting to note that this pose appears only in the Boston Store set (and related issues). The 1917 Boston Store cards are extremely difficult to find in high grade. Like their E135 Collins-McCarthy counterparts, Boston Store cards are rarely offered in any condition. Unlike the somewhat similar Sporting News
card set, these cards were never issued as complete sets to the public. They were also produced on a slightly thinner stock that is far more susceptible to wear, and with a very glossy surface which is very prone to creasing. Boston Store cards are usually encountered one card at a time and in low grade. The offered example presents far better than its assigned grade! Bright, crisp, and perfectly clean front and back, with sharp corners, perfect contrast, and a near-flawless glossy surface. We cannot see what causes this card to grade only EX; our belief is that PSA considered the very tiny surface "cracking" in a few spots, which is common to all Boston Store cards, including the very highest-graded examples, to resemble a wrinkle and downgraded the card as such. In our opinion, this card would not look out of place in a Near Mint holder! This is an extremely scarce high-grade Hall of Famer example and an ideal sample card from this rare set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.
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