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    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350/25 Eddie Plank SGC VG 3. "Gettysburg Eddie" shares with the fabled Honus Wagner a maddening elusiveness and an apocryphal tale accounting for his rarity. While the Old Dutchman is said to have demanded withdrawal of his image from the card set based upon the noble objective that he play no role in the encouragement of youth smoking, the leading theory for Plank's short print involves a broken printing plate that ended production of his card shortly after it began. These issues remain a point of debate over a century later, but there is full consensus that this pair of Dead Ball Era icons rate among the most important and desirable entries in the Standard Guide.

    The issue finds both Plank and the Philadelphia Athletics team he represented at the height of their collective powers, with the elite southpaw posting a 1.96 ERA over the three-year (1909-11) production span, leading the White Elephants to a pair of World Championships (1910-11). His portrait, a colorized version of celebrated photographer Carl Horner's studio shot, suggests a serene confidence, and presents here with bright coloration and flawless registration.

    Graded SGC VG 3. One of just thirty-one slabbed by SGC. The grade reflects gently rounded corners that are endemic to thin, Dead Ball Era cardstock. The reverse shows no staining to impact the "Sweet Caporal - 350 Subjects" ad with a factory 25 caption. But for a card so rare that completion of the T206 set does not require ownership, such petty misgivings must be put in their proper place. But for those who wish to scale the Mount Everest of the hobby, a winning bid will bring you a Wagner and a Magie away from what is otherwise a comparatively simple hike in the foothills.


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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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