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1909-1911 T206 Bill O'Hara St. Louis Variation PSA VG-EX+ 4.5
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $7,703
Graded VG-EX+ 4.5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Presented is a stunning high-grade example of the rare T206 Bill O'Hara, St. Louis Americans variation. O'Hara, St. Louis, of course, is one of the key rarities of the T206 set in any condition, but it is almost never found in such high grade. Both the scarce Demmitt and O'Hara variations are true condition rarities. Most collectors don't even think about trying to find either of these two rare cards in high grade. 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 O'Hara example has almost no staining (two small spots in the reverse bottom border are all we can see, certainly much less than most T206 Polar Bear cards), and absolutely no creases. It is bright and crisp, with extremely fresh colors and light even wear to the corners. The card is centered towards the bottom with the nameplate positioned a sliver above the bottom edge. Centering is all that keeps this card from grading higher, perhaps EX or EX+ based on its strong attributes in other areas. The back has bold white printing set against a dark blue background. The PSA Population Report shows a total of 125 O'Hara, St. Louis, cards graded to date, and of these, only six are graded higher than the offered example (three EX 5, two NM 7, and one EX-MT 6 with a qualifier). The SGC Population Report shows a total of eighty-eight O'Hara, St. Louis, cards having been graded to date, and of those, only four examples grade EX 60 with no examples graded higher. These population report numbers speak for themselves. This is an extraordinary card with only ten examples grading higher between both PSA and SGC. The SMR value for a VG-EX 4 is $4,300 and $8,500 for an EX 5. There is no SMR value for the VG-EX+ 4.5 grade. This card is very attractive and in an extremely high grade, especially for one of the rarest cards in the classic T206 White Border set. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++. SOLD FOR $7,703
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