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1909-1911 T206 White Border Clyde Engle - Extremely Rare Upside-Down Back!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,560

Extremely unusual T206 card of Clyde Engle (New York Yankees) with a very significant factory printing error: Despite appearing perfectly normal on front, the card has a severe factory miscut and misprinted back in which the Piedmont advertisement is printed upside down. A small part of another Piedmont back also appears at the top of the card. Most of the known upside-down back examples display a portion of another advertisement. 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 an extremely rare and unusual printing anomaly. Graded VG 40 by SGC, it is also among the finest examples of the very few upside-down back T206s we have ever seen. Bright and crisp with bold colors, perfect centering, and light, even wear to the corners. The back is boldly printed and perfectly clean. Upside-down backs are extremely rare; for context, there are fewer confirmed upside-down backs than Broad Leaf 460 examples, which rank as the fourth-most difficult advertising back within the entire set, according to As collectors have become more sophisticated, they have become increasingly appreciative of 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 $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,560

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