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A key stumbling block en route to T206 completion

1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank SGC 40 VG 3. The portrait of the illustrious A's hurler is familiar to all collecting hobbyists, even those with just a passing knowledge of the trading card specialties, and it's justifiably regarded as one of the most significant captures in the industry. As with the fabled Wagner of this issue, theories abound with respect to the causes behind the southpaw's legendary rarity--including an aversion to tobacco on Plank's part, a break in the printing plate used to produce his depiction, and licensing conflicts with the various "E"-card manufacturers of the time. The failure to prove or disprove these speculations only adds fuel to the fire of the T206 Plank's mystique.

With this in mind, the matter-of-fact facial expression in Carl Horner's likeness of Plank seems to issue a quiet challenge to aspiring T206 completists. Though "Gettysburg Eddie" will probably never dethrone his Pirates contemporary as the key card in the T206 set, this is due only to a quirk of fate set into motion decades ago. By the basic standards of trading card values-namely rarity and the historical stature of the man pictured-Plank finds himself on equal footing with the Old Dutchman.

The offered Plank exhibits only modest corner rounding, a surface abrasion which just manages to encroach into the print in the upper left border, a vertical surface wrinkle and one horizontal crease just 3/16" in length to suggest its age. The face remains otherwise clean and well-placed within its four borders. The red print of the familiar "Sweet Caporal - Base Ball Series 350 Subjects" advertising is barely affected by the aforementioned crease. Of twenty-six examples to have been holstered within an SGC capsule, just five have been deemed superior to this one. This is a prime opportunity for one determined collector to clear one of the three toughest hurdles laid by this classic set.


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