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1909-1911 T206 Wid Conroy Batting - Extremely Rare Drum Back - Previously Unconfirmed Example!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $16,590

Graded VG/EX+ 55 by SGC (submitted by REA). Newly discovered example of Wid Conroy/with bat (Washington Senators) from the classic T206 set featuring a very rare Drum advertising back. This card is extremely fascinating and significant as it is a never-before-seen front and back combination! According to the checklists for each advertising back maintained by, based on study of the set this card was theoretically thought to possibly exist but an example had never been confirmed until now. This card is one of two Drum-back T206s found by REA in a T206 set consigned to this auction by the family of an old-time collector. When the set was assembled decades ago, the collector obviously had no idea the card was special. It just happened to be a Drum and represented Conroy in his set! It has survived in an incredibly high grade for a Drum back. Only five examples (of any subject) have ever been graded higher by PSA or SGC (PSA only started designating advertising backs within the past few years, so it is possible that an EX or higher Drum shows as unclassified in its Population Report, but we would have no way of knowing). Bright and crisp with brilliant colors, near-perfect centering (very slightly to the bottom), and light even touches of wear to the four corners. Entirely crease and wrinkle free. The Drum advertisement on the reverse is perfectly clean. The frame surrounding the Drum advertisement is centered to the far right, bordering on miscut as a small sliver of the design is cut off. Interestingly, the other Drum-back T206 offered in this auction (found in the same consigned set) is similarly miscut but displays an extra piece of the design, almost an exact match to the sliver missing from the Conroy, on the left edge. The orientation of these backs leads us to believe that these cards are sheet-mates that have somehow survived together during the past century. This ideal sample of this incredible back rarit,y which is especially significant for its status as the first-known example of this front and back combination, would make an outstanding addition to even the most advanced collection. According to, Drum backs are the fifth most difficult to find advertising reverse within the T206 set (out of thirty-nine). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,590

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