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1909-1911 T206 Ray Demmitt – St. Louis American SGC EX 60
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $11,750
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Presented is an extremely rare high-grade example of Ray Demmitt, St. Louis Americans T206 variation. Demmitt, St. Louis, of course, is one of the key T206 rarities in any condition, but is hardly ever found in such extraordinary high grade. The scarce Demmitt and O'Hara are true condition rarities. Most collectors don't even think about trying to find either of these two cards in high grade because it is virtually impossible. Polar Bear was the only company to issue either of these team variation cards. T206 cards issued with Polar Bear tobacco were not well protected from the accompanying product. This is why T206 cards with Polar Bear advertising reverses almost always have various condition problems, including tobacco staining. This Demmitt example has virtually no staining, and absolutely no creases. It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors, light even wear to the corners, and is centered just slightly to the right. The back has bold white printing set against a dark blue background. The PSA pop report shows a total of eighty-four Demmitt, St. Louis, cards graded to date, and of these, only five are graded EX 5 or better (two EX 5, one EX-MT 6, one NR/MT 7, one 8 NM/MT, plus one example graded 7 NM with a qualifier). The SGC pop report shows a total of an additional fifty-four Demmitt, St. Louis cards graded to date, and of these, fifty-two received various lower grades, with only one Demmitt, St. Louis, graded EX 60 (this example), and only one example graded higher at SGC EX+ 70. These population report numbers speak for themselves. This is an extraordinary card. The equivalent SMR value is $6,500, which, in our opinion, seems very conservative for such an extreme condition rarity from the premier tobacco-card set of the era. This is a very attractive and extremely high grade example of one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $11,750
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