1907-1909 PC805 Novelty Cutlery Walter Johnson - Rookie Card

Sold For: $4,113

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 134

Item Year: 1907

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Highest graded of the two examples ever graded by PSA. Magnificent example of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in a throwing pose from the rare and highly regarded PC805 postcard set issued by the Novelty Cutlery Co. of Canton, Ohio, in 1907. In addition to being one of the key Hall of Famers from this highly prized set, this card is widely recognized as Walter Johnson's very first card issued, giving this extreme rarity an all-the-greater significance to rookie-card collectors. This card was issued so early in Johnson's career (he broke into the majors in 1907; he was not yet a star, just a "nobody" rookie with a 5-9 won-loss record in 1907) that his last name was misspelled "Johnston." These ornately bordered postcards are one of the most striking and distinctive sets of the era. This example is exceptional: The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with a hint of light wear to the corners and the lightest insignificant soiling to the reverse. The card has never been mailed and has no writing on its traditional postcard reverse. We think this card has been harshly graded by PSA. We grade this card EX. This is a stunning, and exceptionally rare and important card of one of the era's most legendary stars. Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.
SOLD FOR $4,113

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