1909-1911 T206 "Slow Joe" Doyle - PSA NM 7

Sold For: $3,525

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 310

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Graded NM 7 by PSA. New York, hands-above-head pose. Only example graded at this level by PSA with just two graded higher. To be clear, the offered card of Joe Doyle is NOT the rare error card, but an extremely high-grade example of the more common "Doyle, NY" variety (a very desirable card in its own right). This is naturally a fascinating card in the T206 set. The confusion between Joe Doyle and Larry Doyle for this T206 pose is responsible for causing the incredibly rare "Doyle NY Nat'l" variation in the T206 set. When the T206 set was printed, The American Tobacco Company got their Doyles mixed up, thinking the image of Joe Doyle on this card was Larry Doyle of the New York Nationals, and originally identifying him as being with the "N.Y. Nat'l" team. When it was discovered very early in the print run that an error had been made, that the image on this card was actually Joe Doyle of the New York Americans (as opposed to Larry Doyle of the New York Nationals), rather than correcting the league designation on the card (changing it from "Nat'l" to "Amer."), the league designation was simply removed entirely from the printing plate. Thus almost all known Doyle hands-over-head pitching pose cards in the T206 set are identified with just "N.Y.," as the error cards identifying the league designation as "Nat'l" were corrected almost immediately. This explains the great rarity of the "NY Nat'l" variation. Only a few "Doyle NY, Nat'l" examples are known to have survived, and an authentic example of this impossibly rare error card would sell for over $100,000 even in low grade. This extremely high-grade T206 of Joe Doyle has an extremely crisp image, a striking blue background, four sharp corners, and is centered slightly towards the top right. Sweet Caporal advertising on reverse is centered to the extreme left. Based on the PSA Population Report, this is a particularly difficult card to find in extremely high grade. In addition to being one of the highest-graded examples, this is also a card with a unique story and significance to the famous T206 set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525

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