1909-1911 T206 White Border "Proof" Whitey Alperman

Sold For: $8,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 529

Item Year: 1909

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Extremely rare and desirable preproduction "proof" card of Whitey Alperman (Brooklyn Superbas) from the classic T206 White Border series. Encapsulated by SGC as "Authentic." As is the case with all proof cards from this series, the card has a blank back, printer's proof marks in the border margins, and is hand-cut, with slightly irregular side borders. While some T206 proof cards have complete player and team names printed at the bottom, others do not (referred to as Type 1 proofs). The offered example is missing the player and team names, but the standard printer's marks are visible on all four borders. Proof cards from this series very rarely become available for sale. Virtually all T206 proof cards (as well as all T3 proof cards) which exist today first surfaced in the hobby in the mid-1970s. These cards came directly from a find belonging to the family of the printer. When family members of the printer showed up at one of the very first card shows in New York City (which at the time was held at District Center 65) this cache of cards was immediately recognized as so special that they were given a table to display and sell cards from the find to interested collectors and dealers, among them REA founder Robert Lifson, who had the great fortune of buying the proof card of Eddie Collins in a batting pose, an unissued card and a remarkable hobby discovery. (Unfortunately he did not realize what he had at the time: He bought it for $13 and later sold it for $17!) In total, there were fewer than one hundred T206 proofs in this incredible find, all of which were scooped up at the show and over the years have been scattered across the collecting landscape. The offered card, which almost certainly originates from this legendary find, was purchased by our consignor many years ago. The card front presents as Ex-Mt, with bold colors, a perfect image, and light, even corner wear. The blank reverse displays very light soiling, along with production-related notations in pencil in the lower right corner, which read "Alperman/Brooklyn/No lines on cap/201." (This notation refers to the stripes on Alperman's cap, which were added to the design of the final card.) This is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a proof card from the T206 set, affectionately known as "The Monster," which is the most popular of all 1910-era sets. 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 incredibly attractive and extraordinarily significant rarity that will be very much appreciated by collectors of the iconic T206 set. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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