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    1909-11 T206 Polar Bear Ray Demmitt (St. Louis) PSA EX 5. While excellence on the diamond is the surest path to trading card significance, it is not the only itinerary. Consider the lowly Ray Demmitt, a .246 batter for the New York Highlanders traded after his 1909 rookie campaign to the Browns. After just ten games of St. Louis service in 1910, recording only four hits in twenty-three at bats, Demmitt was unceremoniously dismissed to an Eastern League assignment for three seasons in the minors. Demmitt would scrap his way back to the Bigs in 1914, but the T206 issue had already closed up shop in 1911.

    So while those cards featuring Demmitt as a 1909 member of the team that would come to be known as the Yankees are rather commonly available, this St. Louis variation continues to bedevil collectors a century later. This is particularly true at the higher end of the condition spectrum, as the presented model is one of five graded at the EX 5 level, trailing two 6's, a pair of NM 7's and one NM-MT 8.

    Colors have relaxed into a rich saturated level, unblemished and pleasing. The "Polar Bear" back, the only format in which this Demmitt variation is found. Any modest condition concerns are easily forgiven in light of the significant condition rarity--even Eddie Plank is easier to find in Excellent to Near Mint or better condition.


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