Love of the Game Set Builder Auction - Winter, 2023

45. 1909-11 T206 Willie Keeler (HOF - Portrait) - PSA VG-EX 4

46. 1909-11 T206 Willie Keeler (HOF - w/Bat) - SGC EX 5

Wee Willie Keeler is still known to day for “hitting ‘em where they ain’t” and that’s exactly what he did for nineteen season in the majors, to the tune of a .341 lifetime average. This PSA 4 of his T206 portrait shows a composed veteran against a pea green and avocado background. Nicely centered, there is a surface abrasion in the upper right and a light red print smear above his head. The Piedmont 150 Factory 25 back has some foxing to the lower bottom left but is in nice shape overall, with good color. MINIMUM BID: $250

Showing off the skills that found him elected to the Hall-of-Fame, Willie Keeler is seen here choking up on his bat, with storm clouds ominously swirling in the cerulean sky behind him in his T206 “with bat” pose. A richly colored midgrade example, this is an eye-catcher, with wonderful centering and deep, deep colors. The reverse is equally appealing, with a bold Piedmont 150 Factory 25 brand logo. MINIMUM BID: $400

47. 1909-11 T206 Joe Kelley (HOF) - PSA EX-MT 6

48. 1909-11 T206 Napoleon Lajoie (HOF) - PSA EX 5 Whoever designed

Joe Kelley plied his trade for 17 seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder who also served as a utility man, whose .317 lifetime average earned him a Hall of Fame plaque in 1971. This EX- MT example pictures him with Toronto in the Eastern League, where he finished up his career. Featuring nice centering and a bold, red background, a light printer’s mark can be seen in the middle of the left border. The reverse is a Piedmont 350 Factory 25 that has toned a bit, with what looks like some ink overspray visible in the bottom left quadrant. An extremely strong, higher-grade card. MINIMUM BID: $750

the exquisite sunset backgrounds for the T206 set certainly had an eye for color and knew they could rely upon engravers who were masters of their craft. This strong, midgrade example of the Nap Lajoie throwing pose is a tour de force of prismatic color and with the bright appearance of this card, is jaw dropping. It’s centered a tad low and has a period angled cut at the top with superb clarity. Flipping it over you will find a Piedmont 150 Factory 25 reverse that exhibits very light edge toning, but is otherwise clean. MINIMUM BID: $1,000


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