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1909-1911 T206 White Border Chief Bender Portrait - Extremely Rare Upside-Down Back with Parts of Four Piedmont Backs Showing!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,280

Extremely unusual T206 card of Hall of Famer Chief Bender (Philadelphia Athletics) 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. In addition, parts of three other Piedmont backs also appear on the card. Most of the known upside-down back examples display a portion of another advertisement, but it is extremely rare to find one with pieces of four backs showing. (We have been told that only seven are known to exist.) 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 GOOD 30 by SGC, it is bright and crisp with bold colors, centering to the top left, and light even wear to the corners. Downgraded due to light creasing to the right of Bender's image. The back is boldly printed and almost entirely 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 $2,280

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