Graded EX 5 by PSA. New York, hands-above-head pose. To be clear, the offered card of Joe Doyle is NOT the rare error card, but a high-grade example of the more common "Doyle, NY" variety (a very desirable card in its own right). This is naturally a fascinating card in the T206 set. The confusion between Joe Doyle and Larry Doyle for this T206 pose is responsible for causing the incredibly rare "Doyle NY Nat'l" variation in the T206 set. When the T206 set was printed, The American Tobacco Company got their Doyles mixed up, thinking the image of Joe Doyle on this card was Larry Doyle of the New York Nationals, and originally identifying him as being with the "N.Y. Nat'l" team. When it was discovered very early in the print run that an error had been made, that the image on this card was actually Joe Doyle of the New York Americans (as opposed to Larry Doyle of the New York Nationals), rather than correcting the league designation on the card (changing it from "Nat'l" to "Amer."), the league designation was simply removed entirely from the printing plate. Thus almost all known Doyle hands-over-head pitching pose cards in the T206 set are identified with just "N.Y.," as the error cards identifying the league designation as "Nat'l" were corrected almost immediately. This explains the great rarity of the "NY Nat'l" variation. Only a few "Doyle NY, Nat'l" examples are known to have survived, and an authentic example of this impossibly rare error card would sell for over $100,000 even in low grade. This high-grade T206 of Joe Doyle displays a crisp image, a striking blue background, near-perfect centering, and four strong corners with light wear at the tips. The offered example is all the more noteworthy as the reverse has an advertisement for Sovereign Cigarettes. Sovereign backs are unusual and very scarce, though not in the same league as the rarest of T206 backs (such as Lennox, Uzit, or Drum). The Sovereign Cigarettes advertising on reverse is boldly printed and well centered. A light crease across the lower left corner accounts for the assigned grade. In addition to being a very attractive example, this is also a card with a unique story and significance to the famous T206 set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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