1909-11 T206 WHITE BORDER EDDIE PLANK – SGC VG 3
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Offered is a stunning example of one of “The Big Three” most rare and sought-after baseball cards. This highly desirable SGC VG 3 Eddie Plank is one of the legendary rarities from the T206 set and keeps company with the Wagner from the same series and the Lajoie from the 1933 Goudey issue as one of the most coveted prizes among baseball collectors.
The mystery rolls on as to why the Plank is exceedingly so rare but one popularly accepted rumor is that the printing plate broke. Another more realistic reason could be that, like Wagner, Plank objected to having his image packaged up with cigarettes and it’s well known that both players are exhibited in all of the candy-card sets from the era. Plank doesn’t appear in any of the other primary tobacco sets from the period, such as the T3, T201, T202, T205 and T207. It’s very unlikely that one of the biggest stars of the era would have been overlooked by all of those tobacco companies. Mystery solved?
The featured card is extremely clean and exhibits rich colors with evenly round corners. The card is well centered for the grade and displays extraordinary eye-appeal. Plank’s image is spotless and displays great clarity. There is one diagonal crease on the upper-left quadrant which explains the lower rating from SGC. The Sweet Caporal reverse is superb. Overall, a tremendous mid-grade example with outstanding eye-appeal of one of the hobby’s most rare pieces of cardboard treasure. With the hobby booming and a recent sale of a PSA 3 example surpassing $160,000 the sky is the limit for this offering which has much better centering and overall eye appeal.