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1909-1911 T206 Sherry Magie - Error
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,518
Graded PR-FR 1 by PSA. A very presentable and relatively affordable low-grade example of the famous T206 Magie error card. This is one of the rarest cards in the set, and is usually one of the last cards required by collectors to complete the T206 set. This card has been always recognized as one of the great rarities, since the days of Jefferson Burdick. (In fact, Burdick singled out the Magie as one of the significant T206 rarities in the original American Card Catalog.) This card has a particularly interesting and noteworthy provenance: It is the T206 Magie error card that accompanied "The Connecticut Wagner" (and the rest of the T206 set) that was sold by an old-time collector for his asking price of $10,000 (a fair but still imposing sum at the time) at a small local show in Connecticut in 1985, only to "disappear" from the collecting world, whereabouts unknown, for the next twenty-five years. "The Connecticut Wagner" and the rest of the set finally resurfaced in 2010, in the hands of the original buyer from 1985 (a father and son team), who had kept a low profile but quietly continued to collect. As the value of his cards, especially the Wagner and Plank, continued to grow over the years, it finally no longer made sense for them to keep the Wagner or Plank. The Wagner, which was graded PR-FR 1 by PSA, appeared as Lot 3 in REA's May 2010 auction, selling for $282,000. The Plank, which was graded VG-EX 4 by PSA, appeared as Lot 5 in REA's May 2011 auction, selling for $94,000. This auction includes the balance of the set (mostly sold together as a near-set but we've pulled out a few special cards including the Magie to be offered individually). This is a very attractive low-grade T206 Magie error that has never before been publicly offered and has literally not seen the light of day (except to be graded by PSA) since 1985. The offered card is well centered, with a crisp image, bold colors, and obvious creasing. The card still has superb overall eye-appeal. The corners are evenly rounded. The reverse features an advertisement for Piedmont Cigarettes (150 Subjects, Factory No. 25). This is an extremely pleasing low-grade, and therefore relatively affordable, example of one of card collecting's most significant rarities. SMR value is $5,500. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $6,518
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