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1909 T204 Ramly Tobacco Jimmy Sheckard SGC NM/MT+ 92
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185
Graded NM/MT+ 92 by SGC. Remarkable ultra-high grade example of Jimmy Sheckard (Chicago Cubs) from the T204 Ramly series. This card, which is an early SGC-graded example, is one of only sixteen cards (of any subject) ever to be graded NM/MT+ by SGC according to its Population Report. This is the only NM/MT+ example of Sheckard. 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 at the corners and only tiny areas of chipping in the top border. It is very well centered (slightly to the right) 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 a EX/NM 80. This is an absolutely stunning card in unparalleled NM/MT+ condition that would be a significant addition or upgrade to any T204 Ramly or vintage-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,185
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