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Lot # 1787 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson "Cycle 1 Loss" Variation

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,370

Graded GOOD+ 2.5 by PSA. Rare example of the 1911 T205 Gold Border "Cycle 1 Loss" printing variation of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. This is a very attractive example that would be a desirable T205 Mathewson even if it were not the rare variation! This variation is a relatively new discovery in the set that has been recognized by The Standard Catalog and grading companies as a checklist addition to the T205 set only within the past several years. The “Cycle 1 Loss” variation error card is defined by the missing “1” from Mathewson's stats on the card’s reverse (Mathewson's pitching stats for the 1908 season are listed as "37-1," when in actuality he lost eleven games). This back variation appears only on T205 Mathewson cards with a Cycle Cigarettes back. This striking example has flawless colors and perfect registration, with minimal wear to the delicate gold borders and even rounding of the corners. A faint crease originating at the left edge is visible near Mathewson's hat. The reverse is perfectly clean, with light wrinkling at top. A clean, boldly printed reverse is, of course, particularly desirable and ideal for this variation card. This is an extremely attractive example that, as a relatively new checklist addition, is needed in virtually every T205 master set. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,370

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