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1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson "Cycle 1 Loss" Variation
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,629
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). One of only four examples graded at this level with just two higher (both EX 60). Rare high-grade example of the 1911 T205 Gold Border "Cycle 1 Loss" printing variation of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. This is a gorgeous card that would be a prize 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. The delicate gold borders and corners are almost entirely free of wear with only light touches at the corners (most noticeable in the bottom right) appropriate for the assigned grade. Centered approximately 60/40 T/B and 45/55 L/R. The reverse is perfectly clean with crisp, bold black printing, centered to the bottom with a slight tilt. Both the extreme cleanness of the reverse and the boldness of its printing, of course, are particularly desirable and ideal qualities for this variation card. This is an extremely attractive and extremely highly graded example that, as a relatively new checklist addition, is needed in virtually every T205 master set. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,629
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