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1909-1911 T206 White Border Ike Rockenfeld Multiple-Strike Piedmont Reverse
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,000
Presented is one of the most unusual and fascinating T206s that we have ever offered! From the front it appears to be a standard example of Southern Leaguer Ike Rockenfeld. When viewed from the back, however, it becomes immediately apparent that this is an extremely rare and unusual printing anomaly that can be appreciated as extraordinary at a glance. Parts of multiple Piedmont advertising backs are visible as the card has been struck multiple times during the production process. The card, which is hand-cut, likely originates from a factory-run sheet that was not up to standard and was then used as scrap, possibly put through the presses again for the purpose of testing the inks or some other aspect of the printing process. Encapsulated by SGC as "Authentic" (due to the hand-cut), the front of the card displays with strong colors, a crisp image, even wear to the corners, and a small spot of paper loss to the right of the image. There is also scattered extra ink on the front, likely attributable to the use of the sheet as scrap. The important reverse is boldly printed in blue ink and is instantly recognized as a most extraordinary and unique printing error. 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. This is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy T206 printing errors that we have ever seen and we believe it will be of great interest to T206 scholars and collectors alike. The T206 set, affectionately known as "The Monster," is the most popular of all 1910-era sets and is still yielding new and exciting discoveries more than a century after its production. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with this landmark set. Value is always subjective, but especially in this case, because of its uniqueness, there is no consensus on value for this card. As a means of comparison, a multi-strike Old Mill of Hall of Famer Vic Willis sold for $7,110 in REA's Spring 2014 auction (link). We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,000
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