1909-1911 T206 White Border Bill Bradley with Bat - Rare Polar Bear "Missing IE" Back Variation

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 413

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM 7 (MC) by PSA. This very attractive example of Bill Bradley features a Polar Bear advertising reverse that is missing the "IE" in "Base Ball Series" that normally appears near the bottom of the reverse underneath "The Best Scrap Tobacco." This printing anomaly has been known by advanced T206 collectors and scholars for many years but only recently has it become more widely recognized. To date, the printing anomaly is only found on three players: Bergen/catching, Bradley/with bat, and Doolan/batting. Bradley is considered the rarest of the three. Some collectors are quick to dismiss these variations because of the subtle nature of the variation, which was apparently caused by a printing plate defect affecting only a very limited print run. In the future we have no idea if the Polar Bear "missing IE" cards will be considered an obscure footnote to the T206 set or celebrated as one of the T206 set's extremely valuable rarities. In either case, it is certainly an interesting variation to T206 scholars. 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. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with the landmark T206 set. This is an extremely rare and unusual printing anomaly that we believe will greatly interest collectors of the various nuances found within this iconic set. The offered example displays strong corners with only hints of wear visible at the tips, perfect registration, and only very light tobacco staining. Centering completely toward the bottom accounts for the MC qualifier, but does not cut off the “Bradley, Cleveland” nameplate. An outstanding example and worthy addition to any T206 White Border collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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