Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/16/2011
If you are an elite T206 collector and seriously attempting to compile a near-complete “T206 Monster Set”, a few of the “Big Six” cards are certainly within the realm of possibility to capture (we will assume the T206 Wagner, Plank & Doyle error cards just might elude most enthusiasts’ budgets!). The Magie error, and Demmit/O’Hara St. Louis cards that complete the top six toughest T206 specimens are capable of being seized at somewhat affordable amounts, and with that in mind, presented here is a super eye pleasing Bill O’Hara PSA 4 depicting this hobby icon in his seldom surfacing St. Louis uniform. Currently, PSA’s illustrious “pop” chart indicates that only 2 examples (excluding qualifiers) have been graded higher along with an additional PSA 6Q specimen! The prestigious T206 Tobacco set issued during years 1909 thru 1911 is first renowned for the 4 high end cards to obtain including Wagner, Plank, the Magee error (Magie) and Doyle variation. After these famous four, the two scarcest variations are the St. Louis O’Hara and Demmitt versions produced by the Polar Bear cigarette company. After Bill O’Hara was traded from the New York Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals before the start of the 1910 season, only the Polar Bear company reflected this change in their tobacco issues. All other factory issues printed O’Hara 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 O’Hara’s now command significant dollars, and are amongst the toughest six T206’s to obtain.
Light hitting outfielder Bill (William) O’Hara played major league baseball for only two seasons (1909 and 1910). Yet, it was his switching teams in-between those two fateful years that led to his iconic T206 St. Louis Nat’l subject. This PSA 4 offering exhibits spectacular registration and superb colored hues as O’Hara portrays his classic batting stance. Set against a robust blue and soft green background, the image is well centered between four somewhat clean borders with only some moderate soiling along the lower border. Accounting for the technical assessment is somewhat uniform corner wear and a diminutive diagonal wrinkle near the lower left edges. The standard St. Louis version Polar bear back depicts a clear white advertisement print set against a bold mid-night blue background that favors the right edge with additional soiling along the left/lower borders. No obtrusive surface blemishes are evident on either side, and overall, the card’s aesthetics are consistent with its technical assessment. Bottom line is that many advanced vintage collectors continue to tackle the challenge of assembling the T206 “Monster Set”, and this esteemed offering presents another grandeur opportunity to add another monumental piece to your T206 puzzle!
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