Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
If the T206 Honus Wagner is our illustrious hobby’s “Holy Grail”, then its T206 obscure brethren, Eddie Plank, Joe Doyle and Sherry Magie, should be classified as neighboring “Mona Lisa’s”. These “Big Four” are the incomparable subjects of the prestigious T206 Monster Set, and obtaining them is such a remote possibility for most collectors’ budgets that many collectors suffice by assembling 520 of the 524 subjects…”most” collectors that is! The highest order of elite collectors, financially affluent and painstakingly persistent will stop at NOTHING to obtain all 524 T206 cards, including the Wagner, Plank, Doyle error and Magie error cards. Unfortunately, seldom do these cards become available in auctions, and enthusiasts impatiently ponder when there next potential opportunity to claim ownership of at least ONE of the “Big Four” will appear. Well, courtesy of Goodwin & Company, one example of the hallowed Sherry Magie” error card is now accessible in the form of a super aesthetically pleasing SGC 30/2! So how did Sherry Magee’s T206 baseball card become so valuable and desirable? While Magee was a super player for 16 years, 10 consecutive years of which he was the Phillies leftfielder, his efforts on a baseball diamond fall short of Hall of Fame status. Luckily for Magee, the Virginia “Factory 25”manufacturers of Piedmont Cigarette’s inadvertently spelled his name “Magie” in their first release of his tobacco card, erroneously utilizing an “i” instead of the first “e” in his last name, ensuring Magee’s eternal popularity amongst cardboard collectors. While the company quickly corrected their error, cardboard history was already ensured, with a number of “Magie” error cards already released to the tobacco smoking community. So there you have it, a 4th monumental T206 card to forever chase, one that is so sanctified that it is included in PSA’s “Top 250 Sports Card Hobby Guide”.
Other than the Wagner and Plank T206 images, NO tobacco portrait pose could possibly be considered more popular than the Sherry Magee’s Carl Horner image affixed to the iconic “Magie” error T206. Unfortunately, many of the few Magie errors that do become available provide poor aesthetic appeal, encapsulated in low grade holders and extremely “beat up”. This example, however, provides outstanding eye appeal highlighted by a splendid crease free portrait image of the Philadelphia outfielder that depicts fine clarity, and superb facial hues highlighted by rosey cheeks. Supporting the “Magie” pose is a spectacular olive/lime green background that is virtually flawless! The top and side borders are clean white, with only some moderate staining appearing at the lower border. Apparently, this card was once invaded by some form of moisture, leaving some diminutive discoloration at the lower border as well as slightly impeding the edging with an approximate 1/16” indentation situated below the “A” in “PHILA”. Nevertheless, the combination of moderately square corners, bold print registration throughout the card, no major creases and the aforementioned stellar Magee image far outweigh the lower border flaw.
Of all the sets ever produced in our treasured hobby, none could compare with the prestigious 1909 – 1911 T206 issue. To reiterate, most collectors limit their pursuit for assembling this set to only 520 subjects, neglecting the remaining “Big Four” (Wagner, Plank and O’Hara/Magie errors). There are, however, a number of elite enthusiasts that are relentless in their pursuit of either obtaining all 524 cards, or unyielding in their quest for acquiring the hobby’s finest cardboard artifacts as detailed in the “Top 250 Sorts Card Hobby Guide”. For this advanced collector, the presented T206 Sherry Magie error T206 subject is a perfect candidate for filling both possible requirements via its museum quality rarity and superior aesthetics!
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