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    One of The Monster's toughest hurdles...

    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank PSA EX 5. 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" is unlikely to dethrone his Pirates contemporary as the darling of the T206 set, it's noteworthy that only a single Wagner equals the quality of the offered relic, with just one other (highly controversial) Dutchman rating higher. Within the population of Planks, this is one of three at the EX 5 standard, with only seven unqualified superiors. In short, this is truly rarefied air.

    One seldom encounters any Dead Ball Era cardboard this well-preserved, nor color and registration so effectively applied. Such a crossroads of rarity and quality is more than noteworthy, an undeniable landmark on the road to elite status within the trading card community.


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