1909 T204 Ramly Tobacco "Turkey Mike" Donlin - PSA NM-MT 8 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 138

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Highest-graded example! Of the 1,636 T204s graded by PSA only 49 Ramlys of any player have been graded NM-MT and only two cards have been graded higher. Magnificent high-grade example of “Turkey Mike" Donlin from the extremely condition-sensitive T204 Ramly Tobacco set. The Ramly series is universally recognized as one of the most desirable of all the tobacco-card issues. These cards have always been appreciated by collectors both for their rarity and distinctive style. This is a beautiful extremely high grade example. Close examination under magnification reveals just the slightest hint of white at the extreme tips of the corners. The gold borders are without any white showing whatsoever. Perfect image quality. Bright and perfectly clean both front and back. When our consignor, who was an extremely active collector in the 1970s and early 1980s, sold his collection many years ago, long before professional grading became popular, he kept this one Ramly because he liked "Turkey Mike" Donlin and it was such an incredible card. He's had it ever since. This is a gorgeous card! "Turkey Mike" Donlin was a true star and also one of the most interesting off-the-field characters of the game in his day. A superb hitter, he batted over .300 ten times in twelve Major League seasons, and finished with a .333 lifetime batting average. He hit .356 and scored a league-high 124 runs in 1905. Many years he also led the league in drinking, carousing, womanizing, and general mayhem, all the while enjoying popularity as great or greater than any other star of the dead-ball era. In 1906 he married actress Mabel Hite and soon after attempted to transition from baseball to a career in show business, an endeavor which was in the end only moderately successful. Though not a Hall of Famer, "Turkey Mike" Donlin was one of best known and most legendary players of the dead-ball era. This is an ultra high-grade example of one of the great cards in the T204 set. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,463

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