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Lot # 373 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Lefty Leifield Batting - Extremely Rare Drum Back

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $7,703

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). Lefty Leifield/batting (Pittsburg Pirates) from the classic T206 set featuring a very rare Drum advertising back. This card is one of two Drum-back T206s found by REA in an old-time T206 set consigned to this auction, and it has survived in an incredibly high grade for a Drum back. Only six examples (of any subject) have ever graded higher by PSA or SGC (PSA only started designating advertising backs within the past few years, so it is possible that a VG-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 even 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. A small portion of another Drum back shows on the left edge. Interestingly, the other Drum-back T206 offered in this auction (found in the same consigned set) is similarly miscut and is missing a sliver of its frame which is almost an exact match to the excess print on the left edge of this example. 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 is an ideal sample of this incredible back rarity which 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 $7,703

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