Possibly Unique 1909-11 T206 Old Mill-Brown George Paige S...
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DescriptionPossibly Unique 1909-11 T206 Old Mill-Brown George Paige SGC Authentic. There seems to be no end to the number of ways hobbyists collect the T206 White Borders series. Some go for broke and attempt to assemble a compete set that requires acquiring four of the rarest/expensive cards in the hobby. The rest of us collect a single team, just the Hall of Famers, just the portrait cards, just the major leaguers, just the minor leaguers, just one brand, just one card of each brand and of course there are the very popular 48-man roster of representatives of the southern league system. The brands available include Piedmont, Old Mill and Hindu Cigarettes. Under any other circumstance, the answer to which is the rarest brand would be Hindu but there does exist an extremely limited quantity - which is the polite way of saying "close to impossible" - of Old Mill cards that are printed with the same distinctive brown ink as the Hindu Cigarette cards and that is exactly what we are offering here!
Born George Lynn Paige, "Piggy" Paige pitched in just two game in the major in 1911 for the Cleveland Naps. His minor league career lasted from 1906 until 1914 where he pitched for seven different teams. His T206 card has him with the Charleston Sea Gulls.
Encapsulated SGC Authentic. Our offered card is hand cut. Currently, there are no known Old Mills with Brown backs that are not hand cut. It seems the brown version was a very brief test run and dropped with survivors getting saved as souvenirs by enterprising print shop employees. SGC has graded almost ninety Paige cards with Old Mill backs but will make no note regarding these extremely rare variants. This is possibly a unique entry and one of the rarest color variations that keep T206 fans scouring auction catalogs and dealer tables.
Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.
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