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1909-1911 T206 Admiral Schlei PSA NM-MT 8 - American Beauty Back - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,888

Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Outstanding ultra high-grade example of Admiral Schlei (portrait pose) from the T206 series featuring the scarce and very desirable American Beauty 460 advertising reverse. This is one of only three examples with ANY back ever to be graded at this impressive level by PSA out of 237 cards evaluated to date. It is the ONLY NM-MT 8 example featuring an American Beauty back listed on the Population Report, however, one entry is classified as "Unknown Back" so it is possible (though very unlikely) that this card may also feature an American Beauty reverse. Bright and crisp, with brilliant colors, four sharp corners, and flawless registration. Perfect centering with narrow side borders, a characteristic common to all American Beauty cards, which are noticeable thinner than cards featuring other advertising brands. Clean and boldly printed reverse. An ideal specimen that would be extremely noteworthy for its high grade with a more frequently encountered Piedmont or Sweet Caporal reverse, this card becomes all the more significant when one takes into account its uncommon and unusual back, ranked by as the thirteenth rarest out of thirty-nine within the T206 set. We have found that at auction cards from extremely popular sets with very low populations in the highest grades often sell for far more than SMR, and this is especially the case with classic vintage sets such as the T206 White Borders. The SMR value in the assigned grade is $1,200 with no premium assigned for the back.Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,888

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