Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/17/2009
It doesn’t take a HOF player, or a high grade limited Population Report for a baseball card to be sort out by advanced collectors. Such is the case with this Bill O’Hara ‘St. Louis’ version T206 that has been graded a PSA 2/MC. The prestigious T206 Tobacco set issued during years 1909 thru 1911 is first renowned for the 4 high end cards to obtain including Wagner, Plank, the Magee error (Magie) and Doyle. After these famous four, the two rarest variations are the St. Louis O’Hara and Demmitt versions produced by the Polar Bear cigarette company. After O’Hara was traded from the New York Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League, only the Polar Bear company reflected this change in their tobacco issues. All other factory issues printed O’Hara in a New York Giants uniform. Hence, a significant T206 variation was born! While the exact count is unknown, the limited number of St. Louis O’Hara’s now command significant dollars, and are amongst the toughest top ten T206’s to obtain. This PSA 2/MC (Miscut) offering exhibits clear registration and strong contrast for the classic “bat on shoulder” pose. Set against a background consisting of bold blue and soft green colored hues, the frame is well centered, only slightly shifted towards the left. The edging is fine, the borders exhibit moderate toning, and while the four corners are mildly rounded, they still provide an aesthetically pleasing uniformity. The PSA “MC” qualifier is due to a vertical miscut near the top edge where approximately ½ of the preceding O’Hara T206 name/team typography from the original sheet is evident. Fortunately, the additional top border print is non-obtrusive, and doesn’t negatively impact the eye pleasing aesthetics this card offers. The standard St. Louis version Polar bear back depicts a clear white advertisement print set against a mid-night blue background that depicts diminutive surface wear, at worst. With no major creases, the overall aesthetics are more consistent with a “Vg” technical grade, yet considering its scarcity, the advanced enthusiast is typically concerned with “the right to own a copy” versus its technical assessment Bottom line is that many advanced vintage collectors continue to tackle the challenge of trying to build the T206 “Monster Set”. For most, accumulating 520 of the 524 cards (excluding the aforementioned top 4) is satisfaction that they have, indeed, completed the set. With that in mind, here is a rare opportunity to add one big piece to your T206 puzzle!
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