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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Hall of Famer. "Sweet Caporal - 350 Subjects, Factory No. 30" back. From its comfortable, mid-point perspective on the hobby's near-universal grading scale, this item is still exceptional. The tale of Eddie Plank's T206 card continues to perplex cartophilic scholarship more than eleven decades after the item's release. Although riding on the coattails of the famous Honus Wagner card since the beginning of the organized hobby, no definitive explanation has ever surfaced to explain Plank's rarity. Some attribute it to the same cause as the purported reason for Wagner's scarcity (an aversion to tobacco consumption), but this is as unlikely for Plank as it was for Wagner. Did Plank follow suit, with Wagner, to demand payment for the use of his image by the tobacco companies? Possibly, but it's doubtful. Did the printing plate break? Not very likely. We do know that when Piedmont produced its first cards in 1909, Wagner was printed on the same sheet as Plank. But only a tiny number of Wagner's have ever surfaced with Piedmont backs and only a few Planks are known from that brand. Perhaps when Wagner's card was withdrawn, Plank's had to go, also, because of some obscure, production-related factor. Regardless, the absence of Plank's card remains burningly evident in sophisticated hobby circles, and just a scant number of credible examples have been confirmed. Coupled with the fact that the T206 "Monster" set of cigarette cards is one of the most desirable arrays in the hobby, the scarcity of Plank only adds to collectors' frustration, and fans the flames of the item's value. The offered card of Eddie Plank is worthy of envy, and it represents a too-seldom-encountered opportunity to add the compelling portrait to an advanced assembly. Very light and uniform touches to the corners, perhaps abetted by slightly eastward image alignment and a few faint and inconsequential product stains on the reverse, were seen by PSA, evidently, as necessitating the assignment of the "VG-EX 4" grade. No technically derived evaluation, however, can satisfactorily accommodate this superior survivor's "intangibles:" a crisp, unbroken arrangement of blue dots forming the illustration's background, sublime detail in the facial hues, and a vividly printed caption within a spacious lower-edge surround. The card is framed in commendably clean white, and the back-side branding is dead-on in its clarity. Here is one of the most ardently desired cards in our hobby, in clean Very Good to Excellent condition—with unassailable Excellent presentation quality.
1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank – PSA VG-EX 4
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