1909-1911 T206 White Border Jimmy Sheckard No Glove - Extremely Rare Upside-Down Back!

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 365

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely unusual T206 card of Jimmy Sheckard/no glove showing (Chicago Cubs), with a very significant factory printing error: Despite appearing perfectly normal on the front, the card has a severe factory miscut and misprinted back in which the Piedmont advertisement is printed upside down. The top part of another Piedmont back also appears at the top of the card. Most of the known upside-down back examples display a portion of another advertisement. When it comes to the T206 set, which is the most highly collected of all vintage card sets, anything unusual (especially if it might in any way shed light on the mysteries of how the T206 set was printed) is of great note. This is an extremely rare and unusual printing anomaly. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC, the card presents as Vg-Ex to Ex overall, with bold colors, centering to the top, and light touches of wear to the corners (slightly more in the upper right). The back is boldly printed and perfectly clean. Upside-down backs are extremely rare; for context, there are fewer confirmed upside-down backs than Broad Leaf 460 examples, which rank as the fourth-most difficult advertising back within the entire set, according to T206Resource.com. As collectors have become more sophisticated, they have become increasingly appreciative of all great rarities and unusual cards associated with the landmark T206 set. This is a fascinating printing error. Value is always subjective, but in this case, because of its relative uniqueness, there is no consensus on value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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