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Lot # 389 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Christy Mathewson White Cap - Name on Top/No Name on Bottom!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,555

Fascinating and unusual T206 example of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson (white cap variation). The offered card has the entire nameplate, featuring Mathewson's name and team, printed at the top of the card instead of under the image as is standard. (There is absolutely no trace of Mathewson's name under the image as would be expected.) While name-on-top miscuts of varying severity occasionally surface in the marketplace, it is uncommon to see one with the entire name cleanly printed at top. Many examples feature only a small trace of the nameplate. An example of a key Hall of Famer, such as Christy Mathewson, is particularly noteworthy, and we cannot recall seeing any other examples of Mathewson with this distinctive printing anomaly. When it comes to the T206 set, which is the most highly collected of all vintage-card sets, anything unusual (especially if it might in any way shed light on the mysteries of how the T206 set was printed) is of great note. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC, the card is bright, crisp, and clean. Entirely free of any creases or wrinkles. Bold colors, even wear to the four corners, and a clean Piedmont 150 reverse with only a small "26" lightly written in pencil above the advertisement. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with the landmark T206 set. This is a fascinating printing error. Value is always subjective, but in this case, because of its relative uniqueness, there is no consensus on value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,555

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