Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2010
Why would anyone make any substantial effort to obtain a common T206 card that only appears in mid-grade? The answer is “yes” if the the card includes a seldom seen variation that demands a higher value in the card market. Such is the case for this T206 Frank Smith graded a PSA 4. His 1910 T206 card, in some issues, included both the Chicago and Boston team names below his image, and it is this variation that is presented here in a super eye pleasing PSA 4 holder. Currently, PSA has encapsulated approximately 140 “Chicago/Boston” Frank Smith variations with a paltry 7% graded higher! Furthermore, of the 10 “Sweet Caporal” recorded variations (we cannot determine the advertisement breakdown within the “unknown” category), NONE have been graded higher!
Frank Smith was a stellar pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, tossing two no-hitters and twice winning more than 20 games. In 1910, the renowned Chicago owner Charles Comiskey traded Smith to the Red Sox, with several tobacco manufacturers now placing “Chicago and Boston Amer.” on his newly released T206 version. Due to significantly more “Chicago” Frank Smith T206’s in circulation, a new T206 variation was born with the current SMR price guide reflecting a respective value of approximately four times the amount for a standard Frank Smith “Chicago” example. Interestingly enough, the following year, no Smith T206 card was issued with just his “Boston” team name. The card itself provides splendid qualities consistent with a solid mid-grade card including bright coloring, vivid registration, a relatively well centered image, clean white borders, no creasing, and bold print advertisement on the reverse side. While T206 commons are plentiful, there will always be a significant demand for the T206 variation subjects. With that in mind, why not claim ownership of this tough Frank Smith “Chicago and Boston Amer.” version for your T206 collection.
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