Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XL
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/20/2012
It doesn’t take a HOF player, or a high grade limited Population Report for a baseball card to be sought after by advanced collectors. Such is the case with this Kid Elberfeld Washing Portrait variation T206 residing in an SGC 40/3 holder. 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 rarest variations are the St. Louis O’Hara and Demmitt versions produced by the Polar Bear cigarette company. While not a the scarcity level of the aforementioned 6 subjects, the Kid Elberfeld Washington Portrait T206 has always been considered one of the rarer T206 variations, substantiated by the SMR price guide reflecting a value of approximately four times the amount vs. standard commons in similar grades. So how does a common player achieve baseball card Hall of Fame status? On December 16, 1909, the New York Highlanders (Yankees) of the American league sold Elberfeld to the Washington Senators for $5,000. While some of his tobacco cards issues in 1910 and 1911 were updated to reflect his new Washington Senators team, a more significant number continued to reflect him as a member of the New York Americans ballclub, and an additional T206 variation was born. The Elberfeld portrait pose exhibits clear registration and strong contrast, set against a virtually flawless bright red background. The image is well centered between four relatively clean white borders and no obtrusive surface blemishes are evident. The corners still retain a majority of their original square shape, only depicting modest wear and the “Sweet Caporal 350 Subjects” bold red advertisement is affixed to a super clean off-white surface. Obviously, this card portrays superb aesthetics consistent with any mid-grade example, and we can only assume there is some microscopic blemish nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. Most would agree, however, that the stellar eye appeal coupled with the “Washington” variation provides the sophisticated collector with a grand opportunity to seize one of the more obscure T206 variations at an affordable price tag!
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