Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/17/2011
Arguably, no current cardboard collectible is more desirable than a scarce T206 advertisement back. With 16 different cigarette brands to choose from as well as a myriad of diverse “Series” counts and “Factory” distributions totaling to nearly 40 different T206 back possibilities, it is a seemingly unending quest to gather every possibly variation. One of the extremely tough cigarette backs to surface is the “Black Lenox” variation, which is unquestionably one of the ten toughest “T206 Backs” to locate. With that said, presented here is a spectacular George Stovall “Blank Lenox” T206 card in an SGC 60/5 holder. How tough is this offering at this mid-grade tier? Consider that the COMBINED SGC and PSA “pop” charts indicate that only 2 others reside at this plateau with NONE graded higher. Indeed, this supreme offering shares the spotlight with only 2 other specimens as the finest of its kind! Popular Cleveland Indians 1st baseman George Stovall was a definitive team leader and was primarily responsible for engineering the Indians “team strike” so they could attend the funeral of their beloved immortal pitcher Addie Joss after his tragic death in 1911. We cannot over emphasize the significance of this seldom seen rarity that portrays an outstanding batting pose of the Indians 1st baseman. Bat over shoulder, his period style cap and uniform depict a splendid array of gray hues, set against a bright yellow and green background. Slightly rounded corners exhibit an eye pleasing even wear, the borders are relatively clean, and no surface blemishes are evident. The critical reverse side black “Lenox” advertisement, including a clear “Factory #30, 2nd Dist. State, N.Y”., typography, is portrayed in jet black print that is vividly registered and set against a super clean surface. Bottom line is finding ANY “Black Lenox” T206 is a considerable challenge to even the advanced enthusiast, let alone locating one that is the finest graded of its kind!
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