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1909-1911 T206 White Border Printing Anomalies Collection (6) - All Southern Leaguers with Multiple Backs Showing!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,280

Fascinating collection of six different unique cards from the legendary T206 White Border series, each of which is particularly notable for a significant factory miscut on the back which has resulted in a portion of an adjacent advertising back being visible. These six cards are further significant as each one is a Southern Leaguer displaying identically clipped lower left corners, in addition to the identically positioned miscut Piedmont advertisements on the reverses (parts of two Piedmont backs appear on the reverse of each card as if slightly miscut in an identical manner, though the fronts are centered). The common traits of these cards and their survival together strongly suggests that each of these six cards originated from the same print run and were part of a scrapped run of cards. This is a most unusual and fascinating group of six related T206 cards, which have survived together since 1910 and which obviously have some explanation as to their unique shared qualities, but about which we are left only with clues and speculation to unravel the mystery. One theory is that these six cards originated from a group of six sheets, stacked on top of one another, that were identically miscut in the lower left corner and along the right side to create the fascinating appearance that we see today. Since they did not meet proper specifications, they were discarded, but somehow these six cards remained together. There are no doubt other theories. Where exactly the clipped corners come in . . . we don't know! We might never know the true explanation. But these cards exist - they are offered here! - they are certainly the first of their type that we have ever seen and are incredibly interesting examples from the T206 set! All six cards feature crisp and bold, well-centered fronts but have experienced shifting of the reverse production sheet during the printing process. The backs of the six cards are misprinted side-to-side, which has resulted in portions of two Piedmont backs visible. The advertising backs are clean on all the cards. 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. 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. These six cards are noteworthy T206 printing errors that we believe will be of great interest to T206 scholars and collectors. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,280


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