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Lot # 186 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 White Border Lefty Leifield Pitching - "Partial G" Printing Variation

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360

Superb and fascinating printing error example of Lefty Leifield (pitching) of the Pittsburgh Pirates from the legendary T206 White Border series. At first glance, the offered card may appear to be nothing more than a common card from this popular set, but close examination reveals a printing error in the lettering on Leifield's jersey, which has resulted in a partial "G" visible in Pittsburg. While some collectors have quietly been aware of the existence of this variation, it has just recently been recognized by SGC. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities associated with the landmark T206 set, including several extreme rarities, such as the "Murr'y" variation, that were not even known to exist until recent years and have subsequently been recognized as legitimate variations. Some collectors are quick to dismiss these variations simply because the variation, which was apparently caused by a printing plate defect affecting only a very limited print run, is subtle. Others greatly appreciate the intrigue and rarity of all legitimate variations. In the future we have no idea if the Leifield "Partial G" card will be considered an obscure footnote to the T206 set or celebrated as one of the T206 set's extremely valuable rarities. In either case, it is certainly an extremely interesting card to T206 scholars. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC, the card presents far better than suggested by its assigned grade. Bright, crisp, and clean, with brilliant colors, strong corners, and centering slightly to the left. Well-centered Piedmont reverse. Extremely faint erased pencil (visible only under intense examination) along the top border is responsible for the downgrade on an otherwise Vg-Ex+ card. 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. Incredible research is conducted on a daily basis into the intricacies of this legendary set. This is a fascinating printing anomaly that we believe will greatly interest collectors of the various nuances found within this iconic set.  Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360

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