July T206 Tobacco & Pre-War Takeover
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/19/2015
One of the joys (or curses, depending who you ask) of collecting the T206 set is chasing down the short prints. Although the card offered here certainly doesn't rise to the mythic proportions of the treasured Honus Wagner and Eddie Plank cards, it is nevertheless one of the toughest cards to find in the set, especially in mid-grade condition or better. Following the 1909 season, the New York Highlanders sold the rights of their talented but quarrelsome shortstop, Kid Elberfeld, to the Washington Senators. The American Tobacco Company, in the middle of their highly successful run of "baseball pictures," (i.e., T206) decided to update Elberfeld's portrait card to reflect his change of team. They substituted the words "New York" printed across his jersey with a "W," and thus created a short-printed alternate entry into the T206 collection.

The offered card of Elberfeld is striking, especially the bold red background color. The portrait of the "Tabasco Kid" is perfectly registered, and the card is bright and clean, both front and back. One point of interest: there is some speckling in the red background on the obverse, which was undoubtedly caused at the factory when the cards were printed onto sheets and then stacked one atop the other—in this case stacked before the ink fully dried. A quick look at the Piedmont ad back reverse shows some small dots of red ink, no doubt lifted from the front of the card stacked below it. (This printing quirk only adds to the coolness factor, in our humble opinion!)

The PSA Population Report show that there have been only nine Elberfeld "Washington" portraits equal to the PSA EX 5 presented here, with just six unqualified copies grading higher. Sales in a PSA 5 grade have ranged from $1,300 to $1,900 the past five years, which we believe could soon be a bargain when collectors fully realize the scarcity of mid-grade examples of this rarity. This lot is highly recommended to the most discerning collectors and investors.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,187
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
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