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Premium Quality PSA 8
M116 Sporting Life
Summer 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 51
1911 M116 Sporting Life
Graded by PSA as NM-MT 8
Starting Bid: $2,500
The 1910-11 M116 set is an extremely attractive and popular issue featuring close to 300 different players, and several different variations. Distributed by the Sporting Life (a weekly newspaper from Philadelphia that competed against The Sporting News from the 1880's through the early 1920's), these cards were available to readers of the publication through a mail-in offer. The cards were issued in 24 series of 12 subjects. The standard cards feature colorized black and white player portraits set against pastel backgrounds. A few of the subjects were re-issued on a slightly brighter paper with solid baby-blue backgrounds. Most of the celebrated players of that era are represented in the set, including perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time - Walter Johnson.
A legendary pitching icon, Walter Johnson enjoyed a truly awesome career. He compiled well over 400 victories in 21 seasons (1907-1927), all with the Washington Senators. He had an amazing run of 10 consecutive 20+ win seasons (1910-1919), including 1913 - in which he went 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA! He held the lifetime strikeout record for over 50 years, and was one of the five players elected into the Hall-of-Fame's inaugural class of 1936.
The offered card pictures a 24-year old Johnson early in his illustrious career. It is near perfectly centered with outstanding corners, brilliant chalk-white borders, a pristine spotless surface, and an absolutely stunning photo-image of "The Big Train." The reverse is clean with a boldly printed advertisement and accompanying text for the Sporting Life. This spectacular copy is a premium quality, high-end example!