1909-1911 T206 White Border Ray Demmitt St. Louis Variation SGC VG/EX 50

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 369

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Attractive example of the rare Demmitt, St. Louis Americans, T206 variation, in extremely high grade for this key T206 rarity. Only five T206 examples of Demmitt, St. Louis Americans, have ever been graded higher by SGC (one VG/EX+ 55, three EX 60, and one EX+ 70). Polar Bear was the only company to issue this T206 variation and this fact explains why Demmitt is so difficult to find in high grade. The packaged cards issued with Polar Bear tobacco were not well protected from the accompanying product; thus almost all Demmitt cards have at least some tobacco staining (as is the case with the offered example, which has light staining against the orange background). Bright and crisp, both front and back, with even wear to the four corners (slightly more to the bottom two), strong colors, and outstanding centering, just a hint to the top right. Clean and boldly printed reverse. This is a exceptionally attractive high-grade example of one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.

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