Graded EX 5 by PSA. 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 rarely 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 rare 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 absolutely no stains, which is practically unheard of for this rarity. It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors, light even wear to the corners, and excellent centering. The back is also well centered with bold white printing set against a dark blue background. This is a very attractive and (for this card) ultra high-grade example of one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.
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