Addendum (11/21; 2:00 PM): Please note that the dating on this card has been updated to reflect additional research provided to REA that more accurately dates the Novelty Cutlery set to 1910.
Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). 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 1910. This newly discovered card is part of a fresh-to-the-hobby collection of nine Novelty Cutlery postcards consigned to this auction by the family of the original owner (whose name happens to be written on the back of all the cards). Johnson is, naturally, one of the key Hall of Famers from this highly prized set. This card was issued so early in Johnson's career (he broke into the majors 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, with an outstanding image, honest corner wear, and the lightest insignificant soiling to the reverse. The reverse has pencil writing (name and address of the original owner). Do not be fooled by the modest grade! This card has an appearance far superior to its technically accurate grade and would easily grade VG if not for the writing on the back. This is a stunning, and exceptionally rare and important card of one of the era's most legendary stars. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).