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1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson "Cycle 1 Loss" Variation
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,920
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Rare example of the 1911 T205 Gold Border "Cycle 1 Loss" printing variation of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. Although the offered example is modestly graded, it is a very attractive example that would be a desirable T205 Mathewson even if it were not the rare variation! This variation is a relatively new discovery in the set that has been recognized by The Standard Catalog and grading companies as a checklist addition to the T205 set only within the past several years. The “Cycle 1 Loss” variation error card is defined by the missing “1” from Mathewson's stats on the card’s reverse (Mathewson's pitching stats for the 1908 season are listed as "37-1," when in actuality he lost eleven games). This back variation appears only on T205 Mathewson cards with a Cycle Cigarettes back. This striking example has flawless colors and perfect registration, with minimal wear to the delicate gold borders and even rounding of the corners. Several scattered, light creases account for the modest, but accurate, assigned grade. The reverse is perfectly clean. A clean, boldly printed reverse is, of course, particularly desirable and ideal for this variation card. This is an extremely attractive example that, as a relatively new checklist addition, is needed in virtually every T205 master set. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,920
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