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1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank SGC 40 VG 3. Like a schoolboy in fond imitation of his older brother, the T206 Plank hits all the ...

2008 May Signature Sports Collectibles Auction Session I #9709

 
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Auction Ended On: May 2, 2008
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1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank SGC 40 VG 3. Like a schoolboy in fond imitation of his older brother, the T206 Plank hits all the same notes as the fabled Wagner, likewise troubling generations of collectors working to compile a complete set of this most beloved of tobacco issues. Theories for the scarcity of this card paying tribute to Connie Mack's superstar southpaw are identical to the Wagner tales, with aversion to tobacco advertisement and contractual stalemate with the American Tobacco Company the most commonly referenced causes. Recognized baseball card census figures find the populations of these two cards well within striking distance of one another.

Though "Gettysburg Eddie" will probably never dethrone his Pirates contemporary as the key card in the T206 set, the presented example within this auction finds the former in considerably superior condition. Graded VG by the experts at SGC, the proffered Plank exhibits only mild corner rounding to suggest its age, with the face remaining clean and well-placed within its four borders. Of fourteen examples to have been holstered within an SGC capsule, just four have been deemed superior to this one. With the Plank, the Wagner and the super-tough Magie error card each presented within this auction, one determined collector could clear the three toughest hurdles laid by this classic set in an afternoon, and spend the ensuing months enjoying the slow, steady jog to the finish line.

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