Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/22/2011
No pre-WWI issue is “hotter” than the prestigious T206 tobacco cards issued during the years 1909 thru 1911. Of course, the most valuable and desirable cards continue to be want are called the “big four”, including the “Holy Grail” Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank, the Magie error, and the rarest T206 card, the Joe Doyle variation. Aside from assembling 520 of the total 524 subjects (foregoing the “big four”), advanced collectors are seriously focusing on compiling many of the approximately 38 – 40 tobacco brand back combinations. Interestingly enough, one of the toughest T206 backs to obtain is a “blank back” version with this odd variation included on many elite enthusiasts’ “T206 Top Ten Rarity” lists and ranked as the 9th scarcest T206 on the renowned T206 Museum listing (including the T206 Ty Cobb Tobacco back). With that in mind, presented here is an extremely rare T206 “Blank Back” tobacco card of the Montgomery Senators Southern Leaguer Archie Persons in an SGC ”Authentic” holder, the only one graded by any grading company! Outfielder Archie (Arch) Persons played only four professional seasons in the minor leagues, finishing his baseball career with a formidable .279 lifetime batting average. His 1908 season with the “Class A” Montgomery Senators lasted only a single season, but fortunately for an abundance of T206 purists, his short career initiated this obscure “blank back” offering. Typical with most “blank back” T206’s, this example was most likely hand-cut due to the somewhat slightly uneven vertical borders, resulting in the “Authentic” assessment. Save the edging, the remaining technical attributes are consistent with a “VG” specimen including a super bright throwing image of the by-gone outfielder. Brilliant yellow and soft green background colors create a period like setting, with the relatively well centered image positioned between four slightly toned borders. o obtrusive surface flaws, even corner wear and a super clean blank back are the final exclamation points to this nebulous T206 marvel that merits a secure standing in any esteemed T206 enthusiast’s collection!
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