Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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Ira Thomas is best known for having the first successful pinch hit in a World Series, hitting for shortstop Charley O'Leary in the ninth inning of game 1 of the 1908 World Series.  SPending the bulk of his career as a catcher with the Philadelphia Athletics, Thomas is pictured here, preparing to receive a pitch or perhaps a play at the plate, an eager smile on his face (or perhaps he's still thinking about that pinch hit).

Graded VG/EX 4 by PSA, this card is an excellent illustration of how there can be such wide variances in card flaws within the same grade.  Typically, a VG/EX card may exhibit rounded corners, perhaps a surface wrinkle, some edge wear, even surface wear.  This particular card has a gorgeous surface, the image of Thomas practically glowing.  Edge wear, while present, is minor and restricted to a few small spots, and the corners, while square, do display some minor touches - not quite qualifying as "rounding."  The reverse (which features the set checklist) also exhibits some surface wear, and a small chip at the top.  The result is an accumulation of small flaws that turn an otherwise EX/MT-looking cabinet card into a VG/EX one.

Still, within the T3 Turkey Red set, a grade of VG/EX is an exceptional one, as so many of these cards were susceptible to display-related damage like tack holes, paper loss due to scrapbook removal, fading, and other mounting issues.  This is an exceptional specimen from a wonderful set, one of the most legendary in the hobby.

Population Data
PSA Population: 18 total graded, 8 at this level, 4 higher
SGC Population: 2 total graded, 0 at this level, 0 higher
1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #123 Ira Thomas PSA VG/EX 41910-11 T3 Turkey Red #123 Ira Thomas PSA VG/EX 4
1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #123 Ira Thomas PSA VG/EX 4
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $266
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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