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1909-1911 T206 White Border Red Murray Portrait - Extremely Rare Murr'y Variation - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
Addendum: A second example of this card has been graded by SGC since the catalog went to press. The population information is updated in the description below.
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Extremely rare example of the 1909-1911 T206 White Border "Murr’y" printing variation of Red Murray, New York. In addition to being a very attractive example of this T206 rarity, the offered card also has the distinction of being one of only two examples ever graded at this level (none higher) according to the SGC Population Report (as with any T206, it is possible that other cards exist that are not designated as such in the population data or remain ungraded). This is the rarest of all T206 caption variations, far rarer than the more well-known “Nodgrass” variation. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities associated with the landmark T206 set, including a few extreme rarities that were not even known to exist until recent years. The "Murr'y" variation card is a legitimate variation error card that has only been checklisted within the last ten to fifteen years. Some collectors are quick to dismiss this variation, as well as the extremely rare and highly valued T206 "Slow Joe" Doyle NY Natl. card, because the nature of the variation is subtle. The Doyle variation is certainly more dramatic than "Murr'y" but the fact is that both are legitimate variations. The “Murr’y” variation error card is defined by the missing “a” from “Murray” on the card’s caption. (The apostrophe is actually the only remaining remnant of the "A" in "MURRAY.") This caption variation was apparently caused by a printing plate defect affecting only a very limited print run. The "Murr'y" variation card was originally only thought to exist with a Lenox back, but subsequent discoveries, including cards with Piedmont, Sweet Caporal, and Tolstoi backs, confirm that the rare Murr'y variation exists with multiple advertising reverses. The Old Mill advertisement on this card, which had been rumored to exist for many years, is extremely significant as it adds another confirmed back possibility for this variation. This is a magnificent example of this extreme T206 rarity. It is bright, crisp, and clean, with brilliant colors, a deep, blue background, even wear to the four corners, flawless registration, and only a faint vertical wrinkle visible from the reverse. The Old Mill advertisement is entirely clean and centered to the left. In the future we have no idea if the "Murr'y" card will be considered an obscure footnote to the T206 set or celebrated as one of the T206 set's most valuable rarities. It is, without question, one of the T206 set's rarest variations, and one that is a worthy and significant addition to any complete T206 collection. The offered example is especially noteworthy for its rare Old Mill advertisement as well. Because of its extreme rarity, there is no consensus on the value of this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity.
SOLD FOR $5,400
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