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Lot # 217 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extremely Rare and Interesting T206 Joe Tinker Printing Error

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $18,960

We're not really sure whether to call this a printing error, or a variation. But we are sure it is a fascinating card and one with great significance to unlocking the mysteries of the T206 set and how it was produced. This printing error has two team names on Tinker's jersey; the team name "Cubs" is printed across the jersey, but if you look closely, it is easy to see that the team name "Chicago" was printed first and then gone over with the more prominent "Cubs" team identification. This unusual printing has all the more significance when one considers that a proof version of the T206 (front view) card of Frank Schulte exists with CHICAGO across the jersey, rather than the CUBS that is seen on the issued version. This extremely unusual T206 printing anomaly card of Joe Tinker (hands on knees pose) is very rare. Surprisingly, it is not unique. We have seen an image of one other example: The first time we became aware of the existence of this card (a different example) was when we read about it on former Standard Catalog and SCD Editor and Hobby Hall of Famer Bob Lemke's blog. Here is the link to the article in which that first example was documented and discussed:

The example is a very recently discovered card. When our consignor first received the card in a large collection he did not even notice the printing error. It was not until he submitted the card, along with other T206s, to SGC for grading that he was made aware of the printing error. The team at SGC immediately called our consignor to alert him. We have to give credit to the team at SGC for pointing this out to our consignor. In all our 40 years, we have handled tens of thousands of T206s, and we have never noticed this variation. The fact that there are two confirmed examples suggests there may be others, but it appears to be extremely rare. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with the landmark T206 set. Graded FAIR 20 by SGC the card has several creases and heavily rounded corners. The reverse is a Sweet Caporal (150 series). This is a fascinating, and very striking, virtually unknown printing error from the T206 set. Because of its extreme rarity, there is no consensus on the value of this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $18,960

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