1909-1911 T206 White Border Vic Willis Throwing - Extremely Rare Broad Leaf 460 Back - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $8,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 340

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Incredible T206 example of Hall of Fame pitcher Vic Willis (throwing) with the extremely rare Broad Leaf Cigarettes (460 Series) advertisement on the back. Broad Leaf (460 Series) backs are striking, unusual, and extremely rare. Even a sample of a common player is one of the most difficult-to-find of all T206 advertising backs. Examples featuring Hall of Famers are virtually impossible in any condition. According to T206Resource.com, this back ranks as the fourth most difficult advertising reverse (of thirty nine). While Broad Leaf (460 Series) cards are by no means easy to find, the three backs ranking ahead on the list are considered by many to be nearly impossible (they are the Ty Cobb Tobacco brand back, Brown Old Mill, and Brown Lenox, respectively). The card has very strong eye-appeal, is bright and clean both front and back, with extremely bold color, and only light touches of wear to the corners. Centered slightly to the right. No major creases; just a paper pinch on the middle of the left border. The Broad Leaf print on the reverse is flawless and particularly bold. This is an exceptional high-grade example of one of the rarest and most desirable T206 Hall of Famer front and rare advertising-back combinations in existence. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.

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