1909-1911 T206 Eddie Plank

Sold For: $29,625

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 224

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. The T206 of Eddie Plank has always been one of card collecting's greatest and most sought after rarities. The American Card Catalog was first published in the 1930s and even at that time, Plank was listed as the second most valuable of all cards, at a then incredible $10. This was at a time when the most valuable card, the T206 Wagner, was listed at $50. The image of Plank is crisp and clear. The portrait is bold with absolutely flawless registration. The background color is an ideal deep blue. The background on T206 Planks can sometimes appear "washed out." There is some light soiling on the reverse. The back features an advertisement for Sweet Caporal Cigarettes crisply printed in red. There is some isolated creasing to the left of Plank's head, which is not an extremely significant distraction; otherwise the card is free of creases. One of the great things about card collecting is that cards are valued by collectors in all grades, and serious collections can be assembled on different budgets. Not many can afford the $200,000+ that a T206 Plank would sell for in Nr/Mt-Mt condition, if one were to be available, but many more collectors of T206, the most important and popular set of the era, can consider a lower-grade example. This is a very attractive card, and without the terrible scuffs and countless creases that are usually associated with a card in this grade. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a relatively affordable example of this legendary rarity, long recognized as one of baseball-card collecting’s “top three” (the other two being T206 Wagner and 1933 Goudey Lajoie). Good condition. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grade is $23,000. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000+. SOLD FOR $29,625


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