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Lot # 244 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Demmitt and O'Hara St. Louis Rarities (2)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75

Offered are the rare O'Hara and Demmitt cards from the T206 set, both significant variation rarities from the popular T206 White Border series. These are two of the rarest cards in the set, and are usually the very last cards (not including "The Big Four") required by collectors to complete the T206 set. These cards have been always recognized as great rarities, since the days of Jefferson Burdick. (In fact, Burdick singled out Demmitt and O'Hara, along with Wagner, Plank, and Magie, as significant T206 rarities in the original American Card Catalog ). 1) Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. T206 Ray Demmitt, St. Louis American card. This is a very pleasing and very conservatively graded example of this famous card. A reasonable person could grade this card Vg; we grade the card Gd-Vg. The card is very bright, with bold colors, a crisp, perfectly focused image, and a few horizontal surface wrinkles across his chest, which do not significantly detract from the card's overall superb eye-appeal. The corners are evenly rounded. This is an extremely pleasing mid-grade example, with an exceptional eye-appeal, of one of the T206 set's rarest cards. 2) Graded GOOD 2 by GAI. This example of the O’Hara, St. Louis T206 variation has several significant vertical creases and staining in the lower left (not uncommon for this card, which was only issued with a Polar Bear back, and Polar Bear cards are almost always stained). This is still a very attractive card, bright and crisp, with virtually perfect centering, and extremely fresh colors. Polar Bear was the only company to issue these two T206 variations. Cards issued with Polar Bear tobacco were not well protected from the accompanying product; thus almost all Demmitt and O’Hara cards have at least some condition problems including tobacco staining. This is a very attractive medium-grade pair of these key T206 rarities. Total 2 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75


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