Walter Johnson - 1909 Ramly (T204)

This card is as visually stunning as it is rare. The T204 cards, which measure approximately 2" by 2½" in size, were distributed with Ramly and T.T.T. brand Turkish tobacco cigarettes. The black and white portrait of Walter Johnson is surrounded by gold embossed borders, providing a beautiful frame for this antique gem. Since chipping and wear along the edges are so easily seen, beware of examples that have been recolored in order to cover the damage. There are a few rarities in the 121-card set, but this Big Train card is the key. With 12 seasons of 20 or more victories, including two with more than 30, many baseball historians consider Johnson to be the most dominating pitcher of all time. His greatest season on the mound, and perhaps the greatest season by any pitcher, took place in 1913 when Johnson went 36-7 with a 1.14 ERA. During that same campaign, Johnson led the league in strikeouts and posted 11 shutouts. Of all the great Johnson cards on this list, this one is certainly the most challenging.

Walter Perry Johnson (1887-1946) played his entire Major League Baseball career with the Washington Senators (1907-1927) and would go on to become the manager for the Senators (1929-1932) and eventually the Cleveland Indians (1933-1935). Johnson was a tall, slim right-hander from Kansas with a fastball unmatched by pitchers from his era. Walter’s powerful fastball and side-arm delivery fooled hitters whom he often wrung up on strikeouts. “The Big Train”, as he was called, fanned 3,508 hitters, a record at the time of his retirement, and racked up and impressive and still current record 110 shutouts, during his 21-year career. To put Johnson’s dominance in perspective, only two of his pre-WWII contemporaries finished their careers within 1,000 strikeouts of Johnson; Hall of Famers Cy Young (2,803), the Major League career win leader, and New York Giants great Tim Keefe (2,562). Walter Johnson was well liked by teammates and opponents alike. Johnson won two Most Valuable Player award (1913, 1924) and was a member of the 1924 World Champions Washington Senators. He led the American League in strikeouts 12 times, seven times in shutouts, six times in wins and complete games, five times in ERA, four times in starts and twice in winning percentage and games. He finished his career among the leaders in wins (417), strikeouts (3,508), ERA (2.17) and shutouts (110 – a record he continues to hold). After his playing days ended, Johnson took the reigns as manager for the Senators and then Indians, compiling a record of 529-432 in 966 career games managed. Walter Perry Johnson was elected, among the inaugural class, to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
4 EX 5 (5)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
01/13/2018 $132,000 8 18 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities Winter Auction Auction 02043799
08/04/2011 $29,875 6 80041 Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Col... Aug 4, 2011 Auction 18825646
10/11/2013 $29,718 6 3 Mile High Card Company October 2013 Auction 18825646
08/20/2016 $70,800 6 5 Memory Lane, Inc. 2016 Winder Rarities Auction Auction 18825646
02/26/2017 $50,400 6 80021 Heritage Auctions Heritage Platinum Night Sports Coll. February 25-26, 2017 Auction 26685222
05/06/2012 $20,541 5 7 Memory Lane, Inc. HOLY GRAIL AUCTION SPRING 2012 Auction 90586922
10/15/2014 $19,200 5 170 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Fall Auction 90586922
01/17/2017 $34,800 5 11 Memory Lane, Inc. 2016 Winter Rarities Auction Auction 22971671
08/09/2017 $29,300 5 352128592593 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 22971671
11/05/2010 $10,158 4 80078 Heritage Auctions 2010 November Dallas Signature Sports Collectibl... Nov 5, 2010 Auction 04443354
08/24/2014 $8,747 4 188 Memory Lane, Inc. 2014 Summer Rarities Auction Auction 90539939
12/04/2014 $8,494 4 27 Mile High Card Company December 2014 Auction 04443354
09/18/2015 $9,424 4 17 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXI Auction 04443354
05/09/2009 $6,976 3 12 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXI Auction 50020460
12/13/2009 $6,096 3 27 Memory Lane, Inc. Hidden Treasures Vintage Rarities Auction Auction 50020460
10/30/2018 $11,400 3 388 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 27549032
12/15/2018 $9,650 3 13 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Rarities Auction Auction 14621676
01/13/2019 $8,800 3 352559797803 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 27549032
04/13/2013 $8,897 2.5 330 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2013 Auction 20938157
11/09/2013 $5,975 2.5 80049 Heritage Auctions 2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog A... Nov 9, 2013 Auction 20938157
11/10/2010 $4,673 2 739 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction Auction 30187593
08/13/2013 $2,448 1 135 SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic Auction 2013 Auction 21465203
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