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    1911 T206 Sweet Caporal Joe Tinker Hands on Knees Rare Error/Variation PSA Good+ 2.5. Everybody loves a good mystery, and nobody more than the intrepid breed of collectors for whom the "error card" is an ongoing fascination. Most commonly, error cards are just that--an unintentional irregularity from a printing process that differs in some measurable regard from the standard issue.

    But here, we diverge slightly from that theme. It would be difficult to chalk this particular oddity up to mere chance (no pun intended, Frank). Look closely at the chest of this member of baseball's greatest double-play combination, and you'll see that both "Chicago" and "Cubs" appears, the latter printed over the top of the former.

    The common format lacks the city name and bears the nickname alone, though we are aware of two other examples of this bizarre amalgam. One suspects that a small population of "Chicago" format examples existed prior to a change to the standard "Cubs," and the staff simply overprinted those rare early format cards rather than destroy them.

    Theories aside, the mathematics alone establish this as one of the rarest cards in the hobby's greatest tobacco issue, far scarcer than the fabled Wagner or Plank by many multiples. The listed grade seems unusually harsh for a card with far stronger eye appeal, but we must note nearly imperceptible scrapbook and glue remnants on verso, the likely culprit for the rating.

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