1909-1911 T206 White Border Bill O'Hara St. Louis Variation PSA VG-EX 4

Sold For: $4,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 350

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Presented is a stunning high-grade example of the rare T206 Bill O'Hara, St. Louis variation. O'Hara, St. Louis, of course, is one of the key rarities of the T206 set in any condition, but it is almost never found in such high grade. Both the scarce Demmitt and O'Hara variations are true condition rarities. Most collectors don't even think about trying to find either of these two rare cards in high grade. 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 O'Hara example has almost no staining (a few faint spots are all we can see, certainly much less than most T206 Polar Bear cards). It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors and light even wear to the corners. The card is centered towards the bottom with the nameplate positioned a sliver above the bottom edge. A light crease near the lower right corner is all that keeps this card from grading higher, perhaps VG-EX+ or EX based on its strong attributes in other areas. The back has bold white printing set against a dark blue background. The PSA Population Report shows a total of 140 O'Hara, St. Louis, cards graded to date, and of these, only nine are graded higher than the offered example (two VG-EX+ 4.5, four EX 5, two NM 7, and one EX-MT 6 with a qualifier). The SGC Population Report shows a total of 113 O'Hara, St. Louis, cards having been graded to date, and of those, only five examples grade higher (one VG/EX+ 55 and four EX 60). These population report numbers speak for themselves. This is an extraordinary card with only fourteen examples grading higher between both PSA and SGC. The SMR value for a VG-EX 4 is $4,500. This card is very attractive and in an extremely high grade, especially for one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.


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