1911 T205 Gold Border R. Hoblitzell - Rare No Stats Variation PSA EX-MT 6 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $26,438

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 24

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. The highest-graded example of the rarest of all T205 Gold Borders! One of only three examples graded at this extraordinary level by PSA, with none graded higher. 1911 T205 Gold Border variation card of Cincinnati first baseman Dick Hoblitzell, with no statistics on the reverse. There are several variations of Hoblitzell in the T205 set. The "No Stats" version is by far the rarest. In fact, this variation card is acknowledged to be the single rarest of all cards in the T205 "Gold Border" series. Though not as well known as the greatest and most valuable tobacco-card rarities of T206, most advanced tobacco-card collectors believe the T205 "Hoblitzell No Stats" card is comparable, or even rarer, than the T206 Wagner, Plank, or Magie cards. The fact that this card is in such stellar condition, and the T205 set is so condition-sensitive, makes this card all the more noteworthy. This is an extremely high grade example, with just the slightest touch of white showing on the tips of the corners (predominately upper left), virtually no edge wear, bright colors, and a perfectly clean image. The "Hassan" back is off-center towards the left, but is exceptionally clean. This is an outstanding ultra high-grade example of T205 Hoblitzell (no stats variation), the key rarity to a master set of T205 Gold Borders, and one of the finest in existence (perhaps the finest) of one of tobacco-card collecting's most elusive rarities. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $26,438

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