Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/20/2009
A majority of the advanced T206 enthusiasts actively pursue 520 of the 524 possible T206 basic set subjects. There are; however, a select group of ultra-obscure variations classified as “above and beyond” player versions, with only a handful of extremists relentless in their quest to obtain these additional T206 rarities. One of those near impossible variations is the Red Murray portrait with his name spelled “MURR’Y” at the lower border. How tough is this card to come by? Consider that SGC’s census report currently identifies a paltry 2 Sweet Caporal “MURR’Y” variations! It just so happens that one of those two specimens is now being offered here in an SGC 30/2 holder, with this example the highest recorded Sweet Caporal “MURR’Y” variation!
This variation is so scarce, that PSA does not even distinguish it among the various T206 Red Murray cards categorized in their population report. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge and research, only a handful of other “MURR’Y variations are known, including singular copies for Lenox, Tolstoi and Piedmont cigarettes. While unreported copies may truly exist or turn up in the future, we can only base this premise on a combination of population report data, our own general knowledge of the card’s specific rarity, and the critical feedback received from advanced T206 collectors regarding this extraordinary anomaly. In fact, BOTH existing Sweet Caporal “MURR’Y” variations recently surfaced this past year. If, indeed, only a handful of copies do exist, the future potential for this incredible underrated prize could escalate to unfathomable proportions similar to the sanctified T206 Joe Doyle variation. While this notion remains to be seen, the remote possibility logically suggests collectors should seize a “MURR’Y” variation before the price tag eventually soars to an unattainable stratospheric level. As an added bonus, this offering aesthetic appeal far exceeds the technical assessment, with a bold midnight blue background providing the perfect backdrop for Murray’s classic portrait image. Rounded borders with even wear and a few unobtrusive horizontal creases running across the lower portion of his New York Giants uniform are the primary blemishes accounting for the grade. Fortunately, eye pleasing color and texture, clean white borders and a reverse side bold red Sweet Caporal advertisement elevate this cards eye appeal beyond the 30/2 grade.
In closing, rarely does a card surface with the paucity and investment potential as this truly remarkable offering. Keep in mind that even the rarest and most valuable cards at one point in time were considered relative “novices” regarding their obscurity and value. The splendor of the card circuit is the undeniable potential for any seldom seen card to eventually cultivate into a hobby icon. While no one can possibly attest to which card(s) will fall under this umbrella, the T206 “MURR’Y” variation, via its sparse number of known copies, surely fits into the category as a “budding superstar”. We highly advise that you don’t underestimate the future prosperity this offering provides since it just may be one of the scarcest T206 cards in existence.
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