1909-1911 T206 Bill O'Hara - St. Louis American PSA EX 5

Sold For: $22,325

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 253

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Graded EX 5 by PSA. Presented is an extremely high grade example of the rare T206 Bill O'Hara, St. Louis Americans 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 rare 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 only very light staining (much less than most T206 Polar Bear cards), and absolutely no creases. It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors, light even wear to the corners, and is centered slightly towards the bottom right. The back has bold white printing set against a dark blue background. The PSA population report shows a total of ninety-six O'Hara, St. Louis, cards graded to date, and of these, only six are graded EX 5 or better (three EX 5 including this example, two NM 7, plus one example graded EX-MT 6 with a qualifier). The SGC population report shows a total of sixty O'Hara, St. Louis, cards having been graded to date, and of those, fifty-eight received various lower grades, with only two O'Hara, St. Louis, examples graded EX 60, and no examples graded higher. These population report numbers speak for themselves. This is an extraordinary card. The SMR value is $8,500. Especially in light of the fact that even a low-grade O'Hara, St. Louis, sells for thousands of dollars, we can't help but think that the SMR seems very conservative for such an extreme condition rarity from the premier tobacco-card set of the era. This is a very attractive and, for this card, an 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 $22,325

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