Walter Johnson (Portrait) - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is, perhaps, the most popular issue to feature The Big Train. During the early part of the 20th Century, Walter Johnson’s dominance was staggering. With 417 total victories and a career ERA of 2.17, his numbers are remarkable. Johnson was the first of five men to be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936 along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner. Wow! What a select group. While the Johnson Portrait is certainly more popular, the Hands at Chest variation is considered to be more difficult. This is due, in large part, to The Southern Find, which accounts for most of the high-grade Johnson Portraits that exist today.

Walter Perry Johnson

Born: November 6, 1887 - Humboldt, KS
Died: December 10, 1946 - Washington, D.C.
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 417–279
ERA: 2.17
Managerial Record: 529–432

Teams:
Washington Senators AL (1907–1927; manager: 1929–1932)
Cleveland Indians AL (manager: 1933–1935)

When the topic of the greatest pitcher of all time comes up, Walter Johnson, “The Big Train,” is usually at the forefront of the discussion. With an amazing 417 wins, he won 30 or more games twice and had twelve 20-win seasons. His record of 3,509 K’s stood for more than a half century. In 1913 Johnson had an incredible 1.14 ERA. His gentle demeanor was legendary, and he was one of the most well respected and loved players ever to step onto a field. He was the American League MVP twice (1913, 1924) and in 1924 he pitched the Senators to the World Series championship. He managed for 7 years after his playing days, posting a 529–432 record. Truly a special player, “The Big Train” was elected to the Hall’s inaugural class in 1936. Walter Johnson died of a brain tumor in 1946.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories


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Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (8)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
10/02/2009 $5,975 7 81089 Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auctio... Oct 2, 2009 Auction 11455059
02/10/2010 $5,765 7 83 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXV Auction 11455059
03/31/2006 $3,606 6 88 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles Auction I Auction 02318971
05/09/2009 $3,795 6 295 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXI Auction 50012878
09/15/2013 $4,734 6 56 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LI Auction 02318971
11/17/2005 $2,548 5 65 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure Card IV Auction Auction 90420073
08/07/2007 $1,654 5 142 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions September 2007 Internet Auction Auction 12078357
01/08/2008 $1,776 5 98 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2008 Internet Auction Auction 31281706
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08/13/2013 $1,034 4 157 SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic Auction 2013 Auction 08038102
05/14/2014 $1,379 4 383 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2014 Auction 07156163
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