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Lot # 362 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Ray Demmitt – St. Louis American PSA EX 5

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $8,888

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Presented is an extremely rare high-grade example of Ray Demmitt, St. Louis Americans T206 variation. Demmitt, St. Louis, of course, is one of the key T206 rarities in any condition, but is rarely found in such extraordinary high grade. The scarce Demmitt and O'Hara are true condition rarities. Most collectors don't even think about trying to find either of these two rare cards in high grade because it is virtually impossible. Polar Bear was the only company to issue either of these team variation cards. T206 cards issued with Polar Bear tobacco were not well protected from the accompanying product. This is why T206 cards with Polar Bear advertising reverses almost always have various condition problems, including tobacco staining. This Demmitt example has only very light staining (much less than most T206 Polar Bear cards), and absolutely no creases or wrinkles. It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors, light even wear to the corners, and excellent centering. The back is also well centered with a slight, almost imperceptible tilt and bold white printing set against a dark blue background. The SMR value is $7,500, which in our opinion seems very conservative for such an extreme condition rarity from the premier tobacco-card set of the era. This is a very attractive and (for this card) ultra high-grade example of one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $8,888

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