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1909-1911 T206 White Border Autographed Nap Rucker Portrait
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,100
Autographed T206 tobacco card of Nap Rucker (portrait variation). Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare. Few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. Autograph collectors had many other options to get different types of items signed and rarely had cards at all, and card collectors were usually only interested in cards, and rarely sought autographs. If the opportunity to get an autograph arose, few fans happened to have a T206 card of the given player handy. To get a T206 card signed took planning or was accomplished with great effort by mail. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every T206 card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. Nap Rucker lived until 1970, so he was available for collectors who had the inclination, desire, and appreciation of the significance of autographed tobacco cards as the hobby matured through the 1960s and 1970s. This particular example was unexpectedly found by REA in an old-time T206 set assembled at conventions in the 1970s and 1980s and consigned to this auction (along with another signed T206 of George McBride, offered separately). Signed prominently across his chest in bold blue ballpoint pen, the card presents well with a crisp image but would technically grade Gd due to a horizontal crease across the top of his head. Regardless of the condition, this is a tremendous prewar collectible that will be of great interest to card and autograph collectors alike and would make a worthy addition to even the most advanced T206 collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $5,100
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