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This is the finest known PSA graded specimen of the only baseball card of the greatest Negro League player who ever lived if not the greatest player period, Josh Gibson. This Joshua Gibson 1950-51 Toleteros has been graded PSA 7 NM. The card is well-centered 50-50 top to bottom and 60-40 left to right, with sharp corners and edges. It is believed; all that is preventing this gem from grading higher is the lack of more equal left to right centering. It should be noted less than a dozen of these cards are known to exist. The card is a riddle, wrapped in mystery, inside an enigma. Why was a Gibson card issued 3 years after his death? Simply, he was the best of the best. The best to ever play in Puerto Rico (he ended his career there) why not issue his card in their first full color set. Also, the nature of the beast in the Caribbean is to not hold fast and true to any specific formula in product development. Aptly, there were no other cards issued in any Toleteros sets of a player no longer in the game. There have been some less valued opinions that this was not Josh Gibson at all, but his son Josh Gibson Jr. Jr. tried to follow in his father’s massive footsteps. However, Josh Jr., was a slight man, a mere sliver compared with his burly dad, who stood 6’1” and 215 pounds. We now have undeniable proof in the form of a January 7, 1940 Puerto Rican scorecard from a complete bound volume this issue has on its cover none other than the exact same image of Josh Gibson Sr. that appears on the 1950-51 Toleteros card! In 1940, Josh Jr. was 10 years old. This past June Lelands.com was proud to offer an SGC 88 NM-MT 8 example, which sold for an astounding $70,000.
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