This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/23/2010
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 Ray Demmitt ‘St. Louis’ version T206 that has been graded an eye pleasing PSA 3. The renowned T206 Tobacco set issued between 1909 – 1911 is virtually impossible to assemble for most advanced enthusiasts due to the 4 ultra expensive cards to obtain including Wagner, Plank, the Magie error and Doyle variation. After these prestigious four, two of the most sought after variations include the St. Louis Demmitt and O’Hara versions produced by the Polar Bear cigarette company. After Demmitt was traded from the New York Giants to the St. Louis Browns of the American League, only the Polar Bear company reflected this change in their tobacco issues. All other factory issues printed Demmitt 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 Demmitt’s now command significant dollars, and are amongst the toughest and most valuable T206’s to obtain.
This PSA 3 Demmitt offering provides the mid-grade aesthetics desired by most advanced T206 collectors, especially for one of the rare variation specimens. Crystal clear registration highlights the central image depicting Demmit in his St. Louis uniform with the classic “Hands on Hips” pose. Pleasant orange and green hues combine to create a strong background setting with the complete picture well centered between four moderately toned borders. Diagonal creasing situated near the lower right corner as well as four evenly rounded corners revealing diminutive layering are the primary blemishes contributing to the technical assessment. The standard St. Louis version Polar bear back depicts strong eye appeal with the vivid white advertisement print set against a clean dark blue background. 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 super opportunity to add one of the toughest variations to your T206 puzzle!
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