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Lot # 334 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Sherry Magie - Error

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $17,775

Graded VG+ 3.5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Sherry Magee was a popular outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies during the early 1900s whose many accomplishments include one batting title, three RBI crowns, over 2,000 hits, and a .291 lifetime average. Despite those impressive numbers, his name would be largely forgotten by collectors today if not for a printing error on his T206 tobacco card. When first issued, the card identified him on the front as "Magie" instead of Magee. The mistake was quickly rectified, but not before a small number of error cards had already been distributed in packs of cigarettes. Today, few examples remain and the "Magie" error card is universally recognized as one of the T206 set's rarest cards. The offered card was purchased, ungraded, by our consignor in the 1990s, and kept as part of his advanced T206 collection until now. This is a very pleasing medium-grade example of this famous error card. The card is bright and crisp, with a perfectly focused image centered slightly to the top left; the few tiny spots of toning to the left of Magee's image do not significantly detract from the card's overall eye-appeal. The four square corners display light, even wear. No creases. The reverse of the card features a boldly printed advertisement for Piedmont Cigarettes (150 Subjects, Factory No. 25). This is an extremely pleasing mid-grade example (especially desirable to many collectors as it is also far more affordable than a higher-grade example) of one of card collecting's most famous error cards and one of the hobby's most legendary rarities. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $17,775

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