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1909 T204 Ramly Tobacco Larry McLean SGC GEM MINT 98
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,370
Graded GEM MINT 98 by SGC. Remarkable ultra-high grade example of Larry McLean (Cincinnati Redlegs) from the T204 Ramly series. This card, which is an early SGC-graded example, is one of only eight T204 Ramlys ever to be graded GEM MINT by SGC according to its Population Report. As noted in the introduction to the Ramly section of this auction, we believe that some of the early SGC-graded T204 Ramlys were sheet-cut decades ago by legendary hobby pioneer Frank Nagy, who in the 1970s had a pristine T204 Ramly sheet (the only one in existence), and this fact is likely related to the unparalleled perfection of this card. Ramlys are also among the most condition-sensitive sets in existence, with fragile gold borders easily susceptible to chipping. The offered example shows no evidence of any chipping along the borders or at the corners. It is perfectly centered with four sharp corners, a flawlessly clean and crisp image, and a perfect boldly printed reverse. The next highest-graded example listed on the SGC Population Report is an EX/NM 80. This is an absolutely stunning card in unparalleled GEM MINT condition that would be a significant addition or upgrade to any T204 Ramly or vintage-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,370
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