Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2012
No pre-WWI issue is “hotter” than the prestigious T206 tobacco cards issued during the years 1909 thru 1911. Aside from assembling 520 of the total 524 subjects (foregoing the “big four”), advanced collectors are seriously focusing on compiling many of the approximately 39 tobacco brand back combinations. Interestingly enough, one of the toughest T206 backs to obtain is a “blank back” version with this odd variation assumed to be one of the top ten scarcest back variations to come across. With that in mind, presented here is an extremely rare T206 “Blank Back” tobacco card of Hall of Famer Frank Chance in an SGC ”Authentic” holder, the only one graded by this prestigious company! Frank Chance will forever be linked to the iconic “Tinker to Evers to Chance” double play combination, and while he was a stellar 1st baseman, his Hall of Fame status is solidified by his managerial success that included two World Championships. While “blank back” T206’s were certainly hand-cut from a factory issued blank back sheet, this rare offering atypically does not reveal any significant wavy edges. With many “blank back” T206’s, “hand” cut specimens are easily noted due to the severe perimeter irregularities, however, this offering’s seemingly straight edges predominately depict factory cut aesthetics. Save the blank-back “hand-cut” issue, the card itself presents in solid “VG” fashion via a spectacular Frank Chance portrait image that is well projected via the robust orange/yellow setting. No obtrusive surface blemishes are evident on the either side, the rounded corners exhibit even wear, and the image is relatively well centered between four somewhat clean white borders. Any serious T206 enthusiast would gladly welcome this seldom-surfacing obscurity that unquestionably suffices as one of Frank Chance’s rarest early 20th century cardboard mementos
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