Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/21/2012
If you are seriously attempting to complete a 520 subject T206 set (foregoing the “Big 4” of Wagner, Plank, the Magie error, and Doyle variation), then you will eventually need to acquire a St. Louis O’Hara and Demmitt which are widely considered the 5th and 6th toughest cards in the T206 compilation. With that in mind, presented here just happens to be a St. Louis Bill O’Hara Polar Bear subject carrying a splendid PSA 4 grade. While a “VG-EX 4” grade may not arouse most individual’s attention, this highly desirable mid-grade O’Hara has only been bested by a meager 8 copies or 7% of the total 114 PSA encapsulated examples! The prestigious T206 Tobacco compilation issued during years 1909 thru 1911 is renowned for the four elite cards to obtain including Wagner, Plank, the Magie error and Doyle variation. After these famous four, the two scarcest variations are the St. Louis O’Hara and Demmitt subjects issued 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 continued printing O’Hara in a New York Giants uniform, and a prominent T206 variation was born! While the exact count is unknown, the limited number of St. Louis O’Hara’s commands significant dollars. Light hitting outfielder Bill (William) O’Hara played major league baseball for only two seasons (1909 and 1910). Yet, it was his switching teams between those two fateful years that led to his iconic T206 St. Louis Nat’l subject. This offering portrays fine registration and a deep blue setting as O’Hara depicts his renowned batting stance. The image is relatively well centered between somewhat toned borders, with only a slight favoritism towards the right edge. The four corners reflect typical even wear with the upper right corner also exhibiting some mild layering. No obtrusive creasing is evident, and the reverse Polar Bear back depicts a clear white advertisement print affixed to a bold mid-night blue background. Bottom line is that 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 more than sufficient for a complete set, and this seldom surfacing O’Hara obscurity presents another scarce opportunity to take a closer step to completing your 520 subject T206 gathering!
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