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1909-11 T206 Old Mill Ed Walsh SGC 30 Good 2 - Unique Blue Back! ...

2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog Auction - Dallas #7085

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Auction Ended On: Nov 7, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

1909-11 T206 Old Mill Ed Walsh SGC 30 Good 2 - Unique Blue Back! For the last century the most widely collected pre-1948 set has to be the T206 White Border tobacco cards. So prolific a production it took three years to run its course. At 520+ cards, it is among the most comprehensive card sets of the vintage era. Issued in three noted series and utilizing up to forty different tobacco brands, and don't forget overprints and printing mishaps, allows hobbyists to collect this edition in a seemingly endless number of ways. Even a century later, unique variants are being found and this card is the most significant new addition to appear in decades. It's brief history is well documented and already the grist of hobby lore and endless debate. The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore was opening night for this new T206 star. The National was the perfect venue as that show was traditionally the place for new discoveries that walked in the door as it was the hobby's premier showcase. This is the one and only known T206 of HoF Ed Walsh with an "Old Mill Cigarettes" reverse in blue ink! As you can imagine the doubters were out in full force and fired up. Both the convention floor and Internet chat boards lit up thanks to the new "blue" fuel that taxed the limits of heated supporters, critics and computer servers alike.

Old Mill advertising is traditionally found printed in black but the brand is not new to color variations. Old Mill cards can also be found (rarely) in brown ink, the same hue seen on scarcely seen Hindu Cigarettes cards - another brand printed in more than just one color. The difference is subtle and difficult to catch via online imaging but make no mistake this card is printed in blue. An in-hand, side-by-side comparison with the common black ink reverse puts all doubts to rest as the always conservative judges at SGC have confirmed. Some will still doubt and say it is just faded? Any graphic arts veteran will tell you black ink does not "fade" to blue. The card is 100% authentic and unaltered. Graded SGC 30 Good 2 for corner wear and creases, the portrait of Walsh is still bright and visual enjoyment is largely unaffected by the creasing. The condition seems like an after-thought for such a unique and significant new addition to the T206 universe.

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