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    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350/30 Eddie Plank PSA EX-MT 6. An outstanding baseball career earned a second home for Eddie Plank through enshrinement at Cooperstown, but the American Tobacco Company's T206 card set gave him immortality. The portrait of the A's hurler is familiar to all collecting hobbyists - even those having 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 could be anticipated, theories abound with respect to the causes behind the T206'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 candy manufacturers of the time - and the failure to prove or disprove these speculations only adds fuel to 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 set builders, all of whom are keenly aware of their present, Plank-less holdings' shortcomings.

    Graded PSA EX-MT 6. Interpretation of PSA's compartmented T206 census reports can allow for no more than seventy-five encapsulated confirmed examples. Confirmed cards with a "Sweet Caporal - 350 Subjects" and a factory 30 caption reverse drops that quantity to just fifteen. Our offered card exhibits all the subtle detail in the color tones that comprise Plank's image. If there was a standard for appearance, against which all other delectable pieces wouldn't aspire to, we would believe ours sets the artistic standard.


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    October, 2020
    22nd Thursday
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