1909-1911 T206 White Border Kid Elberfeld Portrait, New York - Ghost Image on Reverse!

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 366

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Fascinating printing anomaly of Kid Elberfeld (portrait, New York) from the classic T206 White Border series. This card possesses a unique and extremely boldly defined ghost image of Elberfeld on the reverse of the card. It has the appearance that the black print neatly transferred onto the reverse during the printing process at the factory, though we suspect that the true explanation has something to do with excess ink on the printing press remaining on the press during test printing runs. Perhaps this unusual card will provide insight into the T206 printing process. However this occurred, it has clearly created a prominent “shadow" or "ghost image” of Elberfeld on the reverse that is an identical mirror image of the pose on the front of the card. Also visible under close inspection are the black lines that frame Elberfeld's image. This is one of the most boldly defined ghost images that we can ever recall seeing! Encapsulated VG-EX+ 4.5 by GAI, the card is bright and crisp, with bold colors, centering slightly to the top, and strong corners. The Piedmont 150 advertising reverse is bright and clean. The T206 set, affectionately known as "The Monster," is the most popular of all 1910-era sets and is still yielding new and exciting discoveries more than a century after its production. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with this landmark set. This is an unusual printing anomaly that will be very much appreciated by collectors of the various nuances found within this iconic set. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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